UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Bill


About the Bill

The UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Bill was introduced on 18 June 2020.

The Bill does three main things. It—

  • gives Scottish Ministers power to keep devolved laws similar to EU laws;
  • ensures Scottish Ministers and public bodies pay attention to environmental principles when they make policies; and
  • sets up a new organisation to replace the oversight of environmental law provided by the EU.

The Finance and Constitution Committee is the lead committee for the Bill and will focus on the constitutional aspects of the Bill.  More information about the Finance and Constitution Committee’s Bill inquiry can be found here. 

The Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee is a secondary committee and will focus on the environmental policy aspects of the Bill.

Stage 1

The Committee published it's Stage 1 report on 22 September 2020. Read the report and the response from the Scottish Government:


Call for views (closed)

The Committee issued its call for views on 25 June 2020. The closing date for submissions was 31 July 2020.

Read the call for views (closed)

Written evidence

Read the written evidence


The Cabinet Secretary wrote to the Committee with an update on progress to form Environmental Standards Scotland (“ESS”) on a non-statutory “shadow” basis from 1 January 2021. Read the letter:

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