Negotiation Priorities on leaving the EU: Proposals by the Law Society of Scotland
We have now had the chance to review the political landscape in which the next steps will unfold. The Prime Minister has indicated that she will notify the European Council of the decision to withdraw the UK from the EU in March 2017. Accordingly the Society has prepared a proposal paper to inform the UK Government about the legal issues we consider to be most pressing for the negotiation process.
EU Referendum Discussion Paper
As a firmly non-partisan organisation, the Law Society did not advocate one view or another in the June 2016 referendum on EU membership. We recognised that there were differing views among our membership, just as across our society as a whole, but the vote to leave the EU does raise a number of legal issues and questions that are important to for us all to consider – whether as a solicitor or as a client in Scotland, the UK and across the EU.
Having sought our members' views, we issued a discussion paper on the issues raised by the referendum on EU membership.
Consultation responses and parliamentary work
- Read our response to the Scottish Affairs Committee Inquiry into Scotland's place in Europe
- Read our response to the European & External Relations Committee Inquiry into Scotland's Relationship with the EU
- Read our response to the Joint Committee on Human Rights' Inquiry on the human rights implications of Brexit
- Read our response to the House of Lords EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee's Inquiry on the future of EU-UK security and police co-operation
- Read our briefing sent to all MSPs ahead of the Scottish Government Debate on the UK Referendum on EU Membership: Impacts on Justice and Security in Scotland
- Read our response to the Justice Committee Inquiry on the Implications of Brexit for the Justice System
- Read our response to the House of Commons Home Affairs Inquiry into EU Policing and Security Issues
- Read our briefing paper sent to all MSPs ahead of the Scottish Government debate on Scotland's Place in the EU - Protecting and Promoting Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms on 10 January 2017.
- Read our response to the Exiting the European Union Committee inquiry on the UK's negotiating objectives for withdrawal from the EU.