Category Archives: Scotland

Brexit and Scotland: What happens next?

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The Scottish Centre on European Relations, an independent and unaligned EU think tank, is holding this event in Dundee on Tuesday, the 27th of March. Further information, including how to register for this evening panel discussion, is available here.

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Migration in post-Brexit Scotland

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Scotland has an ageing population and a low birth rate.  With this in mind the Scottish Government looks to attract (and retain) people from the rest of the UK and abroad to come and live in Scotland to help sustain and grow the economy.

A post on the SPice blog, Spotlight, discusses a SPICe and University of Glasgow research project ‘Attracting and retaining migrants in post-Brexit Scotland: is a social integration strategy the answer?’ 

“Developing strategies for attracting and retaining migrants – along with creating an overall positive atmosphere around migration – may be of crucial importance to Scotland’s future”

The study will be based on focus group discussions on:

  • Is a strategy needed?
  • Is it practicable?
  • Would it improve the lives of those who have come to live here?
  • Would it attract other migrants to come to Scotland?
  • Where does the local population stand on this?

A report will be available at the end of June 2018.

You can read the full post on this, as well as other Brexit related topics, on the SPICe blog here.

 

 

 

University of Aberdeen Professor gives evidence to Scottish Parliament on Brexit

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Professor Paul Beaumont gave evidence on aspects of Private International Law with regards to Brexit at a meeting of the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee on 29th January 2018. The Committee was taking evidence on “Brexit and family law” and “Brexit and civil, commercial and consumer law.

University of Aberdeen staff and students can read what Professor Beaumont and the other contributors had to say in the report of the meeting through Public Information Online accessed through the “find databases” tab on  Primo or from the Scottish Parliament website.

 

The Scottish Parliament and Brexit

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Earlier this month the Scottish Parliament’s Finance and Constitution Committee stated it could not recommend legislative consent to the UK Government’s European Union Withdrawal Bill in its present form. The Committee believes clause 11 of the Bill is incompatible with the devolution settlement.  Their interim report is available here.  A final report will be produced on the Bill prior to the final amending stage in the House of Lords.

The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe), which provides impartial, factual, information and analysis to Members of the Scottish Parliament, has produced a briefing paper explaining what legislative consent is and its legal and political status.

The Scottish Government has indicated it may introduce its own EU Continuity Bill to prepare Scotland’s laws for Brexit. A guest post on the SPICe spotlight blog, by Professor Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, discussing this possibility is available here.  Guest blog posts, of course, reflect the views of the author not SPICe or the Scottish Parliament.

 

 

 

 

Scotland after Brexit

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What will the economic impact of the UK leaving the European Union be to Scotland?  A new analytic paper, produced by the Scottish Government, looks at the impact on trade, productivity and migration of different types of future relationships and concludes that Scotland’s best interests are served by continued membership of the European Single Market.  The full report entitled Scotland’s Place in Europe: People, Jobs and Investment is available here.

 

Scottish Parliament Information Centre Research Briefings

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The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) produces research briefings on a wide range of issues, including on EU and International Affairs. These are intended to aid Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) by providing relevant impartial up-to-date background material on topics relevant to their work. However, the briefing papers are useful to anyone starting to research a current issue.

SPICe also produce a blog which has a section devoted to the UK decision to leave the European Union. A  useful feature is the weekly update on current developments following on from the decision to leave.

The latest update from the 30th of November 2017 is available here.

2017 MacCormick European Lecture

 

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The EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, will speak at the Royal Society of Edinburgh on the Future of EU Research and Innovation on Monday, 16 October 2017 at 6:00pm.   He will give his perspective on the future of research and innovation in Europe. Mr Moedas manages Horizon 2020 the EU Research and Innovation programme. Further information is available here.

“With the discussions on the design of the next framework programme underway, we find ourselves at a critical stage for research and innovation in Europe. Recently, European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker launched his White Paper on the future of Europe. Therein he illustrated five scenarios for the future, and in each he noted the integral role of research and innovation. However, these are not without their challenges. Notably, how to create an ecosystem in Europe that is research and innovation-friendly, and how to successfully bring our innovative ideas to market”.

Consultation on EU (Withdrawal) Bill

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The Scottish Parliament’s Finance and Constitution Committee is calling for views on the impact of the European Union Withdrawal Bill on the devolution settlement.

The committee will consider the Bill, as well as the expected legislative consent memorandum, after the summer recess. The closing date for responses is Friday, 29 September 2017.

(This item originally appeared in the Swop Forum, the blog from the Scottish Working Forum on Official Publications)

 

 

Research briefings on Brexit

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The Libraries of the House of Commons and House of Lords and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) produce research briefings on a wide range of issues. Intended to aid the work of members of the Houses of Parliament by providing relevant background material they are also useful to anyone starting to research a current topic.

Recent titles on how leaving the EU will affect different policy areas in the UK include:

Importance of trade with the EU for UK industries: Examines the importance of trade with the EU for the sectors and industries of the UK economy.

Employment of other EU nationals in the UK: Provides statistics on nationals of other EU countries working in the UK.

Brexit: the July negotiations: What happened at the second round of Brexit negotiations?

Brexit negotiations: The Irish border question: One of the three main areas of discussion in the first phase of Brexit negotiations.

Some titles that have recently been updated include:

Brexit: a reading list of post-EU Referendum publications by Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies (updated 8 August 2017) briefing and reports from the UK, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The UK’s contribution to the EU budget. (updated 31 July 2017):  how the UK contributes and how much it receives back.

Brexit: the exit bill (updated 31 July 2017): the issues related to the UK’s financial contribution to the EU after Brexit.

Brexit and data protection (updated 27 July 2017): reforms of EU data protection law and what might happen after Brexit.

Brexit and Devolution

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The House of Lords European Union Committee has today published a report looking at the technically complex and politically contentious impact of Brexit on the UK’s devolution settlements and to the fundamental constitutional challenges presented to the United Kingdom as a whole.

 “the devolution settlements are built upon UK membership of the EU.

Brexit will remove one of the foundations of the devolution settlements, with potentially destabilising consequences”. (Para. 2)

The report considers whether Scotland could have different Brexit arrangements from the rest of the UK in some areas; the need to protect the Welsh agricultural and manufacturing sector and the distinctive geographical and political issues that Brexit presents to Northern Ireland.

The full report is available here.