Scottish Conservative Leader and Leader of the Opposition t Holyrood, Ruth Davidson, has met with Europe Minister, David Lidington, to discuss the best path for Scotland and the United Kingdom in the upcoming negotiations on the UK’s exit from the EU.
At the meeting they agreed that the Scottish Government should be integrally involved at all stages of negotiations and highlighted the importance of involving all the devolved administrations to ensure the best deal for the whole of the UK.
Ms Davidson said: ‘I was pleased to meet with David to discuss the upcoming negotiations and the best way forward for Scotland and the wider UK.
‘We both agreed that it is vital for the voice of Scotland to be heard in these talks, and that the Scottish Government should be involved at all stages of the negotiations.
‘There is undoubtedly a need for all the devolved administrations to work with the UK Government to ensure we get a deal that reflects the needs of all of us.
‘Chiefly amongst this will be our continued access to the single market.
‘Protecting our trade with the European Union will boost our economy, sustain jobs and help to fund vital public services.’
Given that the UK market is several times the size of the EU market for Scottish exports, retaining the right of access to that market as a member of the British union is the over-riding priority.