To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for Scotland's trading opportunities of the UK's decision to leave the EU.
27 April 2017
We are determined to get the best deal for Scotland and the whole of the UK as we negotiate our exit from the EU.
Domestically, it is vital that we maintain the integrity of our own UK single market, which is worth over four times more to Scotland than its trade with the rest of the EU.
In Europe, the Government seeks to secure the freest and most frictionless trade possible in goods and services between the UK and the EU and will pursue a new strategic partnership with the EU, including an ambitious and comprehensive Free Trade Agreement and a new customs agreement.
Around the rest of the world, without the need to reflect the positions of the EU27, an independent trade policy gives us the opportunity to strike deals better suited to the UK and to make quicker progress with new partners, as well as those where EU negotiations have stalled.
We will seize the opportunity Brexit offers not just to form a new partnership with Europe, but to build a stronger, fairer, more Global Britain too.