The Scottish Government published an overview of the preparations it is making for the possibility that the UK will leave the EU without a deal. This outlines the work underway to mitigate the effects of a ‘no deal’ exit on 31 October, suggest what actions the UK Government should take and assess the challenges Scotland may nevertheless face.
The Deputy First Minister John Swinney, made a statement in Parliament to coincide with the report’s publication which should be available shortly.
The Scottish Government’s preference is to remain within the EU. However, as a responsible government, we have a duty to protect the rights and freedoms of the people of Scotland. In doing so, we must now take appropriate steps to mitigate the potential impacts of a ‘no deal’ EU Exit as the end of October deadline draws nearer.
The Deputy First Minister’s statement reiterated the very serious consequences that a ‘no deal’ outcome could have for jobs, investment and living standards across Scotland and the rest of the UK. It is important that the Scottish public, and their representatives in the Scottish Parliament, are able to properly reflect on the situation we find ourselves in, the risks we face, and the efforts being made by the Scottish Government and our partners to mitigate those risks.
That is why today Scottish Government published an overview of the Scottish Government’s work to date. It provides a full assessment of the risks attached, and a snapshot of what we are doing to mitigate those risks.