North East MSP and Liberal Democrat spokesperson for the Rural Economy and Connectivity, Mike Rumbles, has today (Wed 5th) been elected by members as the committee’s EU reporter.
The role has been created to report on all issues of Brexit that relate to the work of the committee, and will continue as long as the UK remains to be a member state of the European Union.
Mr Rumbles said: “I would like to thank the members of the committee for their support. Brexit will take centre stage in much of the parliaments work over the next few years, and our rural communities will face more turmoil than most.
“The impact on our rural economy is already clear to see. Nevertheless, we now have an opportunity to focus on our rural industries in a way that best supports those sectors, and plays to the strengths of the Scottish rural economy. I want to make the most of those opportunities for the future, and my objective as EU Reporter will be to stress those to the committee when they arise.”
Notes for editors:
- The remit of the Rural Economy and Connectivity committee includes matters relating to transport, rural affairs, rural economy, rural services, telecommunications, food and drink, island issues and other related aspects.
- Currently the role of the EU Reporter is to act as a “conduit” for EU matters within the Committee. This role remains relevant while the UK is still an EU Member State and will involve—
- Highlighting the EU dimension of the Committee’s work;
- Taking the lead on consideration of any subsidiarity concerns in relation to EU legislative proposals, or those proposals introduced by the UK Government in relation to the UKs ongoing relationship with the EU;
- Speaking to EU issues;
- Highlighting any EU dimension within policy debates; and
- Acting as liaison between the Committee and the European and External Relations Committee
- The Convener of the European and External Relations Committee has indicated that the Committee will reconsider the role of the EU reporters as part of its review of the EU Strategy. It is anticipated that the role of the EU reporter will be developed to adapt to the prospect of withdrawal from the EU and include the following additional elements—
- Identifying issues relating to the formulation of the UK’s position on its future relationship with the EU that are relevant to the Committee’s work and highlighting areas where the Committee may wish to undertake scrutiny work;
- Identifying issues relating to the process of leaving the EU that are relevant to the Committee’s work and highlighting areas where the Committee may wish to undertake scrutiny work; and
- Liaising with the European and External Relations Committee on its work on the implications for Scotland of the vote in the referendum to leave the EU.