We have been closely monitoring the main developments arising from the UK’s vote to leave the EU and from the earliest opportunity we been actively promoting the interests of our members and the public to politicians and civil servants. We will continue to do so throughout the negotiations and in the implementation of the withdrawal agreement. Full details of our various position papers can be found on this page. If you have any questions about any aspect of our work, please contact Katie Hay at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0131 476 8351.
Our responses and briefings issued as the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill progresses through the UK Parliament.
For further information please see the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill page
Our responses relating to the future of UK trade policy following Brexit
Preparing for our future UK trade policy
The Department for International Trade has issued a paper to explore their emerging approach to establishing an independent international trade policy as the UK exits the EU.
Our responses relating to the future of financial regulation and supervision following Brexit
Future of financial regulation and supervision following Brexit
The House of Lords EU Financial Affairs Sub-Committee has launched an inquiry into the future of financial regulation and supervision following Brexit.
Our papers on the impact that Brexit may have on healthcare and public health in the United Kingdom and Scotland
- The Law Society of Scotland's analysis paper (September 2017)
Our response to the House of Lords EU Internal Market Sub-Committee inquiry into UK competition policy after Brexit
Our responses to policy papers issued throughout the negotiations between the UK Government and the EU
Safeguarding the position of EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU
- View the UK Government policy paper on the GOV.UK website
- The Law Society of Scotland's response (July 2017)
Ongoing Union Judicial and Administrative Proceedings
Our briefing sent to all Scottish Peers ahead of the Debates on the Address on 27 - 29 June 2017
- The Law Society of Scotland's briefing (June 2017)
Our response to the UK Government White Paper on legislating for the UK's withdrawal from the European Unionshow more
Our response to the UK Government White Paper on the UK's exit from and new partnership with the European Unionshow more
Our responses to the House of Lords EU Select Committee Inquiry and the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee Inquiry on Brexit and devolution
The Joint Brussels Office of the UK Law Societies has published a report analysing and highlighting the main legal issues that are important for all who have cross-border links, whether it is through trade or because of family members for whom Brexit will have consequences. It also addresses the key issues faced by the legal practitioners.show more
Our response to the Scottish Government's paper 'Scotland's Place in Europe' which sets out the Scottish Government’s position following the result of the EU Referendum
Our response to the House of Commons Exiting the European Union Committee Inquiry on the UK's negotiating objectives for withdrawal from the EUshow more
Our breifing 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
- The Law Society of Scotland's briefing (January 2017)
Our response to the UK Parliament Home Affairs Committee Inquiry on EU policing and security issues
Our response to the UK Parliament Justice Committee Inquiry on the implications of Brexit for the justice system
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
- The Law Society of Scotland's briefing (November 2016)
Our proposals submitted to the UK Government ahead of the commencement of the Brexit negotiations
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.
- Negotiation Priorites on leaving the EU (November 2016)
Our response to the House of Lords EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee Inquiry on the future of EU-UK security and police co-operation
The EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee issued a call for evidence to examine the main tools and agencies that underpin security and police cooperation between the UK and EU, and explore the options available to the Government for retaining or replacing them when the UK leaves the EU.
Our response to the UK Parliament Joint Committee on Human Rights Inquiry on the human rights implications of Brexit
The Joint Committee on Human Rights has issued a call for evidence, asking interested parties and stakeholders to submit evidence on any impact of the UK’s proposed withdrawal from the EU on the human rights framework and protection of human rights in the UK.
Our response to the Scottish Parliament European & External Relations Committee Inquiry Into Scotland’s Relationship with the EU
The European and External Relations Committee of the Scottish Parliament agreed to conduct an inquiry into EU reform and the EU referendum: implications for Scotland.
Our discussion paper issued ahead of the EU Referendum on 23 June 2016
As a firmly non-partisan organisation, we 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.