On 23 June 2016 the people of Scotland voted decisively to remain within the European Union (EU).

After the triggering of Article 50, the UK Government still hasn’t gained the UK or Scottish Parliament’s agreement to a deal and has failed to engage meaningfully with the Scottish Government. We are therefore in an uncertain situation as to whether and how the UK will leave the EU.

There remains a risk that the UK could still leave the EU without a deal, even with an extension to the date of departure. That is why we have been pressing the UK Government to pursue an extension to Article 50 long enough to allow for a second referendum. This would avoid the possibility of the UK crashing out of the EU with no deal. 

As a responsible government, we will continue to undertake extensive preparations, including with partners, for possible EU exit scenarios and this will include ongoing work to mitigate the impact of a no deal scenario should it become a reality.

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We continue to believe that staying in the EU is the best option for Scotland and the whole of the UK, and continue to make the case for this. In the present circumstances, our preferred option is to back another referendum which includes the choice to remain in the EU. We have also been prepared to discuss possible compromises and this continues to be our position. We were the first administration in the UK to set out a substantive policy response in December 2016. This and our subsequent analysis is set out in the documents below: