Skip to main content

Language: English / Gàidhlig

Loading…

Seòmar agus comataidhean

Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee


Continuity Act

Background

The UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Act 2021 (‘the Continuity Act’) provides  Scottish Ministers with a power to help meet the Scottish Government’s commitment to align with future developments in EU law, where appropriate.

Read a briefing by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) on the commitment to align with EU law

The Continuity Act requires Scottish Ministers to lay before Parliament a Policy Statement and an Annual Report on the use and intended use of the ‘keeping pace’ power, including a draft for consultation. The Act allows the Parliament 28 days to consider the draft report, and after the final version is laid, a further 28 days.


2022-23

On 27 October 2022, the Scottish Government laid a draft Annual Report  on its use and considered use of the power for the reporting period of 1 September 2021 to 31 August 2022, and the intended future use of the power in the upcoming reporting period of 1 September 2022 to 31 August 2023.

The Committee took evidence from the Cabinet Secretary on the draft Annual Report at its meeting on 17 November 2022.

In a letter to the Scottish Government on 24 November 2022, the Committee reported on its views on the draft Annual Report.


2021-22

The Scottish Government laid a draft Policy Statement and draft Annual Report in the Scottish Parliament on 29 October 2021.

The Committee received three responses to its call for views on the draft Policy Statement and draft Annual Report. The Committee also received a briefing paper from its advisers, and then took evidence on 18 November 2021, on the draft documents.

In a letter to the Scottish Government on 25 November 2021, the Committee reported on its views on the draft documents.

On 10 May 2022, the Scottish Government laid a revised Policy Statement and Annual Report, in addition to a document setting out how the Scottish Government has considered the representations received regarding the drafts laid.

 

Correspondence

Scottish Governments response to Committee letter on revised align policy statement

Letter from Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, External Affairs and Culture to the Convener, 1 June 2022

EU Alignment Finalised Continuity Act Docs

Letter from the Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, External Affairs and Culture, to the Convener on Continuity Act, 10 May 2022

Continuity act Letter to Cabinet Secretary for Constitution External Affairs and Culture

Letter from Convener to Cabinet Secretary for Constitution, External Affairs and Culture, 25 November 2021

COSLA contribution to Constitution Europe and External Affairs Inquiries

Letter from COSLA President to the Convener, 10 November 2021

Continuity Act Letter on policy statement and annual report

Letter from the Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, External Affairs and Culture to the Convener, 29 October 2021

Draft Statement of Policy by the Scottish Ministers

Draft Statement of Policy by the Scottish Ministers in Exercise of the power in Section 1 of the UK Withdrawal From The European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Act 2021, 29 October 2021.

Draft report by Scottish Ministers

Draft report from the Scottish Ministers to the Committee, 21 October 2021

Correspondence


Back to Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee