Britain appears to be heading for a ‘hard Brexit’ under which its relationship with the European Union is reduced to little more than trade agreements, Scotland’s external affairs minister Fiona Hyslop said on Monday.
Scotland recently appointed its own representative, Michael Russell, to take part in talks with Brexit minister David Davis to establish a UK position under which talks with the EU might take place.
“They’ve met within the last 10 days. The process for those internal negotiations is currently being established,” Hyslop told Reuters in Paris after meeting France’s European Affairs Minister Minister Harlem Desir to discuss Scotland’s attempts to make Brexit as much like remaining in the EU as possible.
“I’m worried just now that the UK looks as if its heading to a hard Brexit. However those internal discussions with Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland have only just started, so we will try and shift that position,” she said.