The Scottish Affairs Committee of the House of Commons will be in Glasgow on 9th May to hold a hearing examining how the EU referendum result could impact on Scotland’s economic, agricultural and knowledge sectors.
The committee members will be investigating the advantages and disadvantages that EU membership currently provides; and looking at how Scotland might look should we remain in or leave the EU.
They will be taking evidence from representatives of the sectors most likely to be affected, including:
- Professor Sir Pete Downes, Convener of Universities Scotland;
- Andrew McCornick of NFU Scotland;
- Ross Dougal of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation;
- Representatives of the Scottish Trades Union Congress; and of the Scotland’s business community.
The session is open to the public – which may be of interest to those still trying to make up their minds on how to vote on 23rd June in the Referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU.
Ahead of the session, the Chair of the committee, senior SNP MP Pete Wishart said: ‘With much of the debate surrounding the EU referendum looking at the impact on the United Kingdom as a whole, we thought it important to look at the particular issues for Scotland, and how a vote to remain or leave could affect them.
‘We are very much looking forward to hearing from representatives from higher education, farming, fisheries and industry, ahead of speaking to the representatives from the Leave and Remain campaigns, as well as UK Government ministers, later in May.
‘This referendum will decide Scotland’s future relationship with the rest of Europe and it is important that we understand what is at stake for Scotland and how these issues may be different from the rest of the UK. If you are unsure about what it will mean for you, please come along and find out more.’
Details of the hearing on 9th May
Venue: City of Music Studio, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3NY
Time: From 11.15:
11.15am – Higher education
- Professor Sir Pete Downes, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Dundee, and Convener, Universities Scotland
Midday – Agriculture and fisheries
- Andrew McCornick, Vice President, NFU Scotland
- Ross Dougal, President, Scottish Fishermen’s Federation
12.45pm – Commerce, industry and employment
- Stephen Boyd, Assistant Secretary, STUC
- Gareth Williams, Head of Policy, Scottish Council for Development and Industry
- Garry Clark, Head of Policy and Research, Chambers of Commerce Scotland