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Europe and Foreign Affairs: Taking forward our National Conversation

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1 Introduction

1.1. This paper explores some of the constitutional options available to Scotland and illustrates how Scotland's EU and international interests could be promoted within:

  • The current arrangements since the Scottish Parliament was established in 1999;
  • A new settlement incorporating the minor adjustments recommended in this area by the Calman Commission;
  • A maximised devolutionary package, in which powers were available to Scotland under a highly decentralised model, still within the United Kingdom, but with increasing rights and responsibilities falling to the Scottish Parliament and Government;
  • Independence.

1.2. This paper takes a pragmatic approach to any transitional (or subsequent) arrangements that may be necessary with the rest of the United Kingdom if the preference of the people of Scotland was to seek further powers for their parliament and Government, whether within the United Kingdom or as an independent country.