June 27, 2016
The First Minister called a special meeting of the Scottish Cabinet on Saturday, 25 June.
The Cabinet, which usually meets on Tuesday, met to discuss the Scottish Government’s next steps following the EU referendum.
— John Swinney (@JohnSwinney) June 25, 2016
Following the meeting, the First Minister made a statement outside of Bute House.
Cabinet expressed its pride in the vote in Scotland, the emphatic vote in Scotland, to remain in the European Union. The Cabinet also shared the deep disappointment at the UK-wide result that is clearly felt by a majority of people across this country, and we are determined to act decisively but in a way that builds unity across Scotland about the way forward.”
The First Minister repeated that a second independence referendum is “on the table” and stressed that most of the Cabinet’s discussions centred on the negotiations that lie ahead to protect Scotland’s relationship with the European Union and its place in the Single Market. Cabinet agreed to seek to enter into immediate discussions with the EU institutions and the other EU member states “to explore all possible options to protect Scotland’s place in the EU.”
The First Minister announced the establishment of an advisory panel comprising a range of experts who can advise the Scottish Government on legal, financial and diplomatic matters. The advisory panel will also seek to encompass voices from across the political spectrum in Scotland, including different views on Scotland’s constitutional future.
The Cabinet also committed to reassuring people across Scotland who are concerned about the implications of the result. An intensive programme of engagement is underway, especially with the business community, to emphasise that Scotland continues to be an attractive and a stable place to do business.
The First Minister moved to reassure the community of EU citizens living in Scotland and stressed that they are welcome.
The First Minister will invite the consul generals of all EU member states to a summit in Bute House in July to discuss how we engage with their communities and make clear how highly we value the contribution they make to Scotland’s economy, to our society and to our culture.
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) June 25, 2016