Committee Updates November 2015
Enquiry into EU Reform and the EU Referendum
We submitted our written evidence to the EU and External Relations Committee of the Scottish Parliament, on the possible withdrawal of the UK from the EU post a potential referendum in 2017. Without advocating a view on whether or not the UK should remain part of the EU, the briefing lays out some of the serious issues which may arise should the UK withdraw. European law affects most people and businesses in Scotland and has primacy over UK law. Under the Scotland Act 1998, all laws passed by the Scottish Parliament must be compatible with EU law. The briefing also lays out the process that would need to be undertaken should the UK withdraw, including reference to Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union and the negotiation of a withdrawal agreement. It also goes on to highlight the international change process and the involvement of at least four European treaties, including the TEU, TFEU, EFTA, and the EEA.