17 November 2016
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced two new advisors appointed to join the Scottish Government’s Standing Council on Europe.
Sir John Grant, a former UK Permanent Representative to the EU (pictured right) and The Rt Hon Sir George Reid, former Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament (pictured left) will join the 17 current members to provide their expertise to the Scottish Government in the wake of the Brexit vote. Each member brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from various specialists sectors including legal, financial, business and diplomatic matters.
Ms Sturgeon said:
“The council already has a breadth of knowledgeable and experienced members who have years of experience of working within the EU. I am certain that the addition of Sir John and Sir George to the council will further enhance the advice to Scottish Ministers throughout the negotiations in order to secure Scottish interests and objectives.”
Sir John Grant said:
“It is an honour to be invited to join the Standing Council. I hope to be able to contribute to its important work of helping the Scottish Government ensure that the outcome of the Brexit negotiations reflects the wishes and interests of the people of Scotland.”
The Rt Hon Sir George Reid said:
“Brexit poses real challenges for Scotland. I want to help explore all options to safeguard Scottish national interests”
Chair of the Standing Council, Professor Anton Muscatelli said:
“I am delighted to welcome Sir John and Sir George as members of the Standing Council. Their experience and expertise will be invaluable as negotiations progress and the council seeks to provide advice on a wide range of topics, gathering evidence and considering key areas including Scotland’s economy; human rights and social protections; the environment; and important sectors such as financial services and higher education.”