Brexit and Scottish independence

Recent House of Commons Library analysis suggests the UK's exit from the EU may lead to further policy and legislative divergence in areas of devolved competence, for example agriculture, fisheries or environmental policy because the UK Government and Devolved Administrations will no longer be required to implement the common requirements of EU Regulations and Directives.

FDF's January 2016 member survey indicated that there is concern in both Scotland and England that a leave vote could trigger a second Scottish referendum and potentially the breakup of the UK. This possibility was immediately raised by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon following the referendum.

Businesses suggest that if this were the case, they might see significant and costly barriers to trade introduced for companies that currently trade freely throughout the UK, with further significant problems should Scotland adopt the Euro.

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Last reviewed: 21 Nov 2017