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Restoration of Auld Alliance with France if Scotland gains independence: FOI release

Published: 1 May 2020

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Published:
1 May 2020
Restoration of Auld Alliance with France if Scotland gains independence: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202000028226
Date received: 14 Apr 2020
Date responded: 30 Apr 2020
Information requested

If there is any plan to restore the Auld Alliance if Scotland leaves the UK one day.

Response

To confirm the Scottish Government has no plans to restore the Auld Alliance in the event of Scotland becoming an independent country.
I have included some additional context about Scotland’s international priorities, including enhancing our relationship with France.

Scotland is a nation with a rich international history and sees an increased role for itself on the international stage in the future. Through the Scottish Government's International Framework, our innovation and investment hubs (a network of 8 international offices) and international engagement strategies, we have tailored our approach to strengthening our international relationships and increasing our influence worldwide. We believe that Scotland’s interests are best served as an independent country within the EU and we will continue to explore how Scotland can build a strong future relationship with the EU.

As an outward-looking nation we will continue to influence, participate and contribute to the international community and will look at options for increasing our influence with international institutions, organisations, states and regions.
The Scottish Government cherishes its close relationship with France. We believe that it brings significant benefits to both of our countries and we want it to flourish further in the years ahead.
The First Minister officially opened the Scottish Government’s Paris Hub in February 2019, which is co-located with Scottish Development International (SDI) within the British Consulate in central Paris.  The Hub has a crucial role to play in building and strengthening Scotland’s ties with France, which go back for more than seven hundred years. We not only enjoy strong cultural ties with France, but also strong trade and commercial links. Having a Hub in France represents our commitment, not only to our relationship with France, but also to Scotland’s role as an open and outward looking European country.

More information on the work of our Paris Hub is available at: https://www.gov.scot/policies/international-relations/international-offices-paris/
More information on the SDI France office is available at:  https://www.sdi.co.uk/about-us/global-offices/europe-middle-east-and-africa/france-paris

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