Our Brexit policy work

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 katiehay@lawscot.org.uk or 0131 476 8351.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill 2017-19

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

Brexit and UK trade policy

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.

Brexit and financial services

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.

The potential impact of Brexit on health related matters

Our papers on the impact that Brexit may have on healthcare and public health in the United Kingdom and Scotland

The impact of Brexit on UK competition policy

Our response to the House of Lords EU Internal Market Sub-Committee inquiry into UK competition policy after Brexit

UK Government and EU Commission Policy Papers

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
Ongoing Union Judicial and Administrative Proceedings
Queen's Speech

Our briefing sent to all Scottish Peers ahead of the Debates on the Address on 27 - 29 June 2017

The Repeal Bill White Paper

Our response to the UK Government White Paper on legislating for the UK's withdrawal from the European Union

Brexit White Paper

Our response to the UK Government White Paper on the UK's exit from and new partnership with the European Union

Brexit and Devolution

Our responses to the House of Lords EU Select Committee Inquiry and the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee Inquiries on Brexit and devolution

UK Law Societies’ Joint Brussels Office Report

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.

Scotland's Place in Europe

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

UK's Negotiating Objectives for Brexit

Our response to the House of Commons Exiting the European Union Committee Inquiry on the UK's negotiating objectives for withdrawal from the EU

Protecting and Promoting Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

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

EU Policing and Security Issues

Our response to the UK Parliament Home Affairs Committee Inquiry on EU policing and security issues

Implications of Brexit for the Justice System

Our response to the UK Parliament Justice Committee Inquiry on the implications of Brexit for the justice system

Justice and Security in Scotland

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

Negotiation Priorities on leaving the EU

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.

EU-UK Security and Police Co-operation

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.

Human Rights Implications of Brexit

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.

Scotland's Relationship with the EU

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.

EU Referendum Discussion Paper

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.

Our international work

Working on behalf of the Scottish legal profession across the globe.