Damian Green, the First Secretary of State, has said that progress has been made between the Scottish and Westminster Governments on the matter of Brexit. His comments come after a meeting between Green and David Mundell MP and Scottish Government Ministers John Swinney MSP and Michael Russell MSP.
Green said in a statement:
“We have come a long way in a few months. The two governments are now making real progress in ensuring that all parts of the UK are ready for the extra powers that are coming back from the EU to the UK.
We all accept that UK frameworks will be required in certain areas to protect the vital advantages of the UK domestic market. Ministers and civil servants on both sides are now getting into the deep detail of how we put in place the best arrangements for the day we leave the EU. I am confident we can keep up this momentum and have a successful Joint Ministerial Committee (JMC) with all the devolved administrations in London next month.
The UK and Scottish Government ministers met in Edinburgh in August, then again in London on 25 September, where they discussed a set of principles to guide the discussions. These principles were agreed at a meeting of JMC (EN) on 16 October, and the Prime Minister and First Minister held a constructive meeting on 14 November”.
Russell agreed that progress had been made, but added in a statement:
“It is extremely important that the UK government continue to engage with the devolved administrations so we can find a path that works for all the nations of the United Kingdom”.