This work reflects that the UK’s decision to leave the EU is a significant concern and has already affected organisations and people across Scotland who voted decisively to remain in the EU.
We’ve heard that people are concerned about food and medicine shortages, the impact on trade and the economy and losing the right to live, work and study where they want across Europe This is also true of those EU citizens that are a critical part of Scotland’s workforce, those who have chosen to work and make their life here, reversing our trend towards a declining aging population. EU nationals will always be welcome in Scotland. We value the significant contribution that they make.
What is clear is that three years after the UK’s decision to leave, the people across Scotland are still seeking clarity about leaving the EU and the future relationship that we will have with our European neighbours. But no future relationship can replace the benefits that we now have as a member. The Scottish Government will continue to ensure that the voice of Scotland is heard in the ongoing Brexit debate and we will take all opportunities to respect Scotland’s wishes – whether this is a second referendum with the option to remain in the EU or revoking article 50 altogether.
"Rural Scotland has benefited from numerous EU funding streams for many years. I doubt replacement funding of a similar value will flow from Westminster post Brexit."