An eminent academic and expert on Europe will join the Scottish Government on secondment to provide advice on ministers’ engagement with the European Union.
Professor Andrew Scott from Edinburgh University’s School of Law is to offer his expertise to ministers on how best to take forward Scotland’s European interaction in the run-up to the referendum, as well as providing advice on European treaties during the secondment, which is expected to last two years.
The Deputy First Minister welcomed Professor Scott to the Scottish Government and said his counsel would be invaluable to ministers as they prepared to negotiate the terms of Scotland’s entry to the EU from within the union in the wake of a “yes” vote in the historic 2014 referendum.
Ms Sturgeon said:
“Andrew Scott is an extremely eminent academic and one of the leading experts on the European Union anywhere in Scotland. I am therefore absolutely delighted that he has agreed to offer his considerable expertise to ministers in the run-up to the referendum.
“Professor Scott is a highly-respected academic in this field, and his help will be invaluable as we prepare to negotiate the terms of Scotland’s continuing engagement with the EU from within following a ‘yes’ vote in the autumn of 2014.”
Professor Scott added:
“I am very pleased to be joining the Scottish Government on secondment to help deliver a European engagement strategy and to provide expertise on European Union institutions, treaties and policies that will underpin the Scottish Government’s approach to defining options for the future.”
An economist by training, Professor Scott has for many years researched and taught European economic integration. He has published widely in the area, most recently on subsidiarity, economic and monetary union and economic and social cohesion. He has acted as expert to various EC agencies, including the European Commission and the Statistical Office of the EU.
Prior to joining the University of Edinburgh, Drew Scott was Lecturer in Economics at Heriot-Watt University. His current research includes the impact of devolution on the UK’s European policy-process, and problems of economic policy coordination in a devolved UK.