Scot­tish Af­fairs Com­mit­tee in­quiry

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THE SCOT­TISH Af­fairs Com­mit­tee has launched a new in­quiry on Scot­land’s place in Europe fol­low­ing the EU ref­er­en­dum, in which a clear ma­jor­ity of peo­ple in Scot­land voted to re­main.

The in­quiry will look at avail­able op­tions for re­tain­ing Scot­land’s EU mem­ber­ship and fo­cus on how Scot­land can best be rep­re­sented in fu­ture ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Com­mit­tee chair­man Pete Wishart MP said: ‘In the ref­er­en­dum on the UK’s mem­ber­ship of the EU, 62 per cent of Scot­land’s pop­u­la­tion voted to re­main.

‘ We have launched this in­quiry to look at what op­tions are avail­able to Scot­land to con­tinue to se­cure a re­la­tion­ship with the EU, in­clud­ing ex­am­in­ing whether Scot­land can con­tinue its mem­ber­ship of the EU.

‘As Brexit pro­pos­als start to emerge we will also ex­am­ine what role Scot­land should play in these dis­cus­sions and what Brexit would mean for Scot­land.

‘As a West­min­ster com­mit­tee charged with look­ing at Scot­tish Af­fairs, it is im­por­tant that we ex­plore all the is­sues and we hope to se­cure ev­i­dence from sec­toral in­ter­ests, con­sti­tu­tional ex­perts, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of in­ter­na­tional in­sti­tu­tions and Gov­ern­ment in West­min­ster and Ed­in­burgh.’

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