Scottish Affairs Committee
House of Commons
19 June 2019
UK GOVERNMENT’S RESPONSE TO SCOTTISH AFFAIRS COMMITTEE—‘SCOTLAND AND BREXIT: TRADE AND FOREIGN INVESTMENT INQUIRY’
Firstly I want to thank you and the members of the Scottish Affairs Committee for your continued hard work. I am pleased to provide the UK Government’s response to the Scottish Affairs Committee’s recent report on ‘Scotland and Brexit: Trade and Foreign Investment inquiry. There have been a number of developments in these areas since the Committee published its report. The UK Government has extended its leaving date from the EU, opened a public consultation on a possible UK-USA trade deal and has embarked on Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) discussions with the Devolved Administrations. This is a continuation of the development of collaborative working between the Devolved Administrations and the UK Government.
The UK Government recognises that when it comes to EU exit, trade and foreign investment wide consultation is needed. This has already been reflected with a public consultation on a possible UK-US trade deal, where businesses, business groups, the general public and the Devolved Administration officials were able to take part and share their views. Further to this, officials across Whitehall and the Devolved Administrations meet regularly to discuss, EU exit business preparedness, International Trade Promotion and Policy. The UK Government is committed to agreeing trade agreements that work for all parts of the UK including Scotland and that there will be meaningful engagement with the Scottish Government.
Parliament will, of course, continue to have an important role to play in this.
Rt Hon DAVID MUNDELL MP
Published: 3 July 2019