Scotland and the UK Internal Market - Call for views

One of the principles agreed by the UK and Devolved Governments is that ‘common frameworks’ are necessary to enable the functioning of the UK internal market post-Brexit, while acknowledging policy divergence. The term common frameworks refers to those areas where the UK and Devolved Governments consider that it would be beneficial to establish common policy and regulatory approaches in some areas that are currently governed by the European Union.

The UK does not have an internal market defined in law as it has been part of the European Union Internal Market. The UK internal market and how it operates will impact on a wide range of Scottish organisations, including Scottish businesses, environmental and consumer organisations.

The purpose of this inquiry is to understand how the UK internal market might operate after Brexit. The questions below are intended to help inform your response to the Committee.

1. What is the UK internal market?

2. How will international treaties, including trade deals, impact on the UK internal market? 

3. What are the priorities and challenges for Scottish businesses and organisations in operating within a UK     internal market?

4. What institutional structures will be required to administer and enforce the UK internal market?

5. What mechanisms should be available to challenge ‘unfair’ internal market practices?

6. What will be the impact of the UK internal market on devolved powers?

7. What should be the role of the Scottish Parliament in relation to scrutinising the UK internal market?

The Committee would welcome written submissions dealing with the issues outlined above and any other relevant views in relation to a UK internal market.

The closing date for submission was  Friday 28 February 2020.

The Committee received responses from the following:

Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) (175KB PDF)

Dr Emily Lydgate and Chloe Anthony, University of Sussex (188KB PDF)

Food and Drink Federation Scotland ( 125KB PDF)

Professor Michael Keating University of Aberdeen (162KB PDF)

Professor Colin T Reid, University of Dundee (79KB PDF)

Scottish Environment Link (149KB PDF)

Oil and Gas UK ( OGUK) (71KB PDF)

Royal Society of Edinburgh (183KB PDF)

Scottish Retail Consortium ( SRC) (44 KB PDF)

NFU Scotland (32 KB PDF)

Anthony Salamone, European Merchants (123 KB PDF)

The Committee recieved further responses following the publication of the UK Government's Internal Market white paper.

NFU Scotland (80KB PDF)

Anthony Salamone, European Merchants (84KB PDF)

Professor Michael Keating (80KB PDF)


What happens next?

The Committee will consider all written evidence received before deciding upon those witnesses from whom it wishes to hear oral evidence in due course.

Should you require further information, please contact the Committee clerking team via email or by

Telephone  0131 348 5215. Email: [email protected]



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