Policy actions  1 of 4

Intergovernmental engagement on EU Exit

We are working to ensure that Scotland's voice is heard within the negotiations for the UK to leave the European Union (EU), and to ensure our interests in Europe are understood and protected.

Intergovernmental engagement on EU Exit

Although the UK as a whole voted to leave the European Union in the 2016 referendum, Scotland voted overwhelmingly to remain. In light of this, the Scottish Government has continued to represent the views of the Scottish electorate and the interests of the Scottish people. We have sought to engage meaningfully and constructively with the UK Government on the terms of the UK’s departure from the EU.

For the next phase of negotiations the Prime Minister has said she is “committed to giving the devolved administrations an enhanced role in the next phase, respecting their competence and vital interests in these negotiations.” Scottish Ministers have been clear that to realise this enhanced role, the UK Government must work with the devolved administrations as partners to shape the UK wide approach to Brexit.

There are two main forums through which we seek to engage with the UK Government and other devolved administrations on EU exit:

  • the Joint Ministerial Committee on EU Negotiations (JMC (EN))
  • the Ministerial Forum (EU Negotiations)

Joint Ministerial Committee on EU Negotiations

The JMC (EN) is chaired by the Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, David Lidington. It was established to provide a means for the devolved administrations to be fully engaged in determining the UK's approach to Brexit. The Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations, Michael Russell, is the lead Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary who attends these meetings.

Since the EU referendum there have been sixteen meetings of the JMC (EN), with the latest meeting taking place in London on 7 February 2019. For more information, see the joint communiqués agreed at the last three meetings of the JMC (EN):

Ministerial Forum (EU Negotiations)

The Ministerial Forum was established following our repeated calls for broader and deeper engagement, based on proposals from the UK Government. This Forum sits beneath and complements engagement at the JMC (EN),specifically in relation to UK positions for the EU-UK Future Relationship. The Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans, Graeme Dey, is the lead Scottish Government Minister for the Ministerial Forum and is often accompanied by Ministers with a portfolio interest in the area for discussion.

To date there have been eight meetings of the Ministerial Forum, with the latest meeting taking place in Cardiff on 25 February 2019. For more information, see the joint communiqués agreed at the last three meetings of the Ministerial Forum:

More information on our position on EU exit is available.