Brexit: the latest

On 29 March 2019 the United Kingdom will leave the European Union.  The UK and EU have finalised the withdrawal agreement which protects security, jobs and the integrity of the UK.

What does the Brexit deal mean?

The UK and EU have finalised the withdrawal agreement which protects security, jobs and the integrity of the UK.

This is what the Brexit deal means.

A political declaration has also been agreed, which sets out the framework for the future relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom.

The Brexit deal explained - external link

Why is this the right deal for Scotland?

The Prime Minister’s Office has published 40 reasons to back the Brexit deal.

These include:

  • In the future we will make our own laws in our own Parliaments, including Edinburgh.
  • We will leave the Common Fisheries Policy, delivering for Scotland’s important fishing industry.
  • Both the one million UK citizens living in the EU and the three million EU citizens living in the UK will have their rights legally guaranteed so they can carry on living their lives as before.
  • A comprehensive deal that secures access to the EU market for our financial services sector meaning the EU cannot withdraw it on a whim. This will provide stability and certainty for Scotland’s important financial services sector.
  • Visa-free travel to the EU for holidays and business trips will continue.

What will happen next?

The Withdrawal Agreement will be voted on by all MPs in the UK Parliament.

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