The Scottish Government’s proposals for an independent Scotland: membership of the European Union

 

Remit

  

At its meeting on 12 December 2013, the Committee agreed the following remit for its inquiry:

An inquiry to examine the Scottish Government’s proposals for an independent Scotland’s membership of the European Union as set out in “Scotland’s Future” and “Scotland in the European Union".

Evidence

Inquiry evidence

The Committee took evidence at the following meetings and published all associated written evidence.

3 April 2014  - Committee Meeting

Oral evidence

The Committee took evidence from:

Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs; Russell Bain, External Affairs Policy Manager; and Colin Imrie, Deputy Director, Head of Europe and UJ Relations, Scottish Government.

The final oral evidence session will be with the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Relations on Thursday 3 April 2014.

Inquiry Correspondence 

20 March 2014  - Committee Meeting 

Oral evidence

The Committee took evidence from:

Rt Hon Alistair Carmichael, Secretary of State for Scotland and Chris Flatt, Deputy Director, Scotland Office.

27 February 2014 - Committee Meeting

Oral evidence

The Committee took evidence from (via video conference):

Houses of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on European Union:
Dara Murphy, Vice-Chair
Timmy Dooley TD
Eric Byrne, TD
Sean Crowe, TD

Official Report of Meeting 27 February 2014 (331KB pdf)

20 February 2014 - Committee Meeting 

Oral evidence

The Committee took evidence from:

Jim Currie
Dr Fabian Zuleeg (via video conference) 

Official Report of Meeting 20 February 2014 (500KB pdf)

6 February 2014 - Committee Meeting  

Oral evidence

The Committee took evidence from:

Professor Michael Keating
Associate Professor Anders Wivel
Professor Baldur Thorhallsson (via video conference)
Brandon Malone

Offical Report of Meeting 6 February 2014 (625KB pdf)

The following witnesses provided written evidence: 

30 January 2014 - Committee Meeting 

Oral evidence

The Committee took evidence from:

Graham Avery

Offical Report of Meeting 30 January 2014 (342KB pdf)

The following witness provided written evidence:

23 January 2014 - Committee Meeting

Oral evidence

The Committee took evidence from:

Professor Kenneth Armstrong
Professor Sir David Edward KCMG QC FRSE
Patrick Layden QC TD
Aidan O’Neill QC

Official Report of Meeting 23 January 2014 (494KB pdf)

Written evidence received

The following witnesses provided written evidence: 

16 January 2014 - Committee Meeting   

Oral evidence

The Committee took evidence from:

David Crawley
Professor Laura Cram
Dr Paolo Dardanelli
Professor John Bachtler
Marius Vahl and Johanna Jonsdottir. 

Official Report of Meeting 16 January 2014 (446KB pdf)  

Written evidence received

The following witnesses provided written evidence: 

Written submissions

On Monday 16 December, the Committee launched its call for views on the inquiry.  The deadline for receipt of written submissions was  24 January 2014. 

Further information on the call for views and submissions received can be found at the following links:

Call for evidence and how to submit your response

Read the written submissions received in response to the call for evidence

12 December 2013 - Committee Meeting

Oral evidence

The Committee took evidence from:

Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities;
Russell Bain, Interim Head, and Miranda McIntosh, Senior Policy Executive, External Affairs Policy Team 

Official Report of Meeting 12 December 2013 (504KB pdf) 

Supplementary written evidence  

Pre inquiry evidence on the Scottish Government's White Paper on Independence

In December 2013, prior to agreeing a remit for its inquiry, the Committee took evidence on the Scottish Government's White Paper on issues falling within the remit of the Committee.

5 December 2013 - Committee Meeting

Oral evidence

The Committee took evidence from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Scottish Centre on Constitutional Change:

Professor Michael Keating
Professor Stephen Tierney
Dr Colin Fleming 

Official Report of Meeting 5 December 2013 (374KB pdf) 

Report

Published on 23 May 2014

The 2nd Report, 2014 (Session 4): Report on the Scottish Government's proposals for an independent Scotland: membership of the European Union 

 

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Convener’s summary on route to EU membership video

Be part of the debate Video

Call for Evidence Leaflet

Call for Evidence leaflet