Russell issues paper

Scotland ‘must have role’ in post-Brexit trade talks

Michael Russell

Michael Russell: ‘we must protect Scotland’s interests’ (pic: Terry Murden)


The Scottish Government should have a guaranteed role in the development of future trade deals, Holyrood’s Brexit Secretary Michael Russell has said.

A new discussion paper on post-Brexit deals being published by Scottish ministers will argue that an urgent overhaul is needed of the UK’s current arrangements for developing international agreements.

Constitutional relations minister Mr Russell said: “The Scottish Government has consistently argued that the best future for Scotland and the UK is to remain in the EU, or at the least in the Single Market and Customs Union.

“But we must do everything we can to protect Scotland’s interests in future trade deals in all possible Brexit outcomes.

“The discussion paper makes a strong case for the Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament having a guaranteed role in the development of trade arrangements and ensuring that the views of the Scottish Parliament are respected.”

The Department for International Trade (DIT) said: “The people of Scotland, and the whole UK, will have far more involvement in our future UK trade agreements than current EU agreements.

“Indeed, the Trade Policy Minister is visiting Scotland next week to host a consultation event with the Scottish Council for Development and Industry on future free trade agreements.

“We are committed to working with the devolved administrations on an approach to trade negotiations that delivers the best for the UK as a whole.”

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