The people of Scotland voted decisively to remain within the European Union (EU) in 2016. Scottish Ministers continue to believe that EU membership is the best option for Scotland.

On 24 December 2020, the UK Government and the EU announced agreement on core elements of the future relationship. The Scottish Government has conducted initial analysis of the agreements and their implications for Scotland. This assessment confirms the Scottish Government’s long-standing view that Scotland will be worse off outside the EU.

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Scottish Ministers have consistently highlighted that the UK Government failed to engage meaningfully with the Scottish Government on Brexit since Article 50 was triggered in March 2017, despite repeated efforts by the Scottish Government to find compromise options.

The Scottish Government was the first administration in the UK to set out a substantive policy response to Brexit in December 2016. This and subsequent analysis is set out in the documents below:

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