Brexit Briefing

On Wednesday 1 March, SLF members met with the Scottish Government’s Minister for UK negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe – Mike Russell, MSP. The event was well attended and the wide range of interests represented made for a varied and useful discussion.

The key themes arising from the discussion were:

• Scottish values are central to the discussion on Scotland’s Place in Europe – what kind of Scotland do we want to be, and how can we best articulate these values.
• SLF members have access to a diverse range of networks, and a huge amount of soft power, how can this best be harnessed to support positive outcomes for Scotland.
• People are central; how do leaders support staff who are, or have family, from the EU; and how can we support communities to engage with the discussions.

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There was also discussion about how we can collect and share data and evidence to support analysis of the implications of Brexit – if you have information you feel would be helpful to share, either data or case studies of impacts, please get in touch via Ingage@gov.scot

Following the triggering of Article 50 a further session with Mr Russell has been scheduled for September 2017. Information on this event will be issued to members nearer the time.