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Brexit round up: Scotland reveals post-Brexit plan

Here's the round-up of some of the Brexit-related stories from this week.

Scotland reveals post-Brexit plan

The Scottish government wants to remain in the European single market and maintain a customs union with the rest of the UK post-Brexit.

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's first minister, is the first leader of major political party to publicly set out their plans.

Writing in the forward of Scotland's Place in Europe, Sturgeon said:

"I said I would explore - not just my preferred option of independence - but all options to protect Scotland's place in, and relationship with, Europe. We are determined to maintain Scotland's current position in the European single market.

"The Scottish people did not vote for Brexit, and a "hard Brexit" would severely damage Scotland's economic, social and cultural interests."

UK needs 'whole economy' approach

The government needs to make Brexit work for all sectors of the economy, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has said.

The industry body argues that because no part of the economy works in isolation, changes in one sector can affect others.

Carolyn Fairbairn, director general of the CBI, said:

"The government will need to take a ‘whole economy' approach to avoid leaving sectors behind."

"For example, any business that handles data or has an online presence can be affected by future digital regulations, not just technology companies."

The CBI has identified 6 business priorities:

  1. barrier-free trading with the EU
  2. a plan for regulation
  3. migration that helps businesses access the skills they need
  4. greater focus on global economic relationships
  5. a smooth exit from the EU
  6. protection for social and economic benefits of EU funding.

Rights for EU migrants

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and the TUC have written an open letter to Theresa May asking her to confirm the rights for current EU migrants.

Adam Marshall, director general of the BCC, said:

"Business communities across the UK are deeply frustrated that ministers have declined to guarantee the residence rights of their EU employees and colleagues. Some firms are already losing key members of staff due to this avoidable uncertainty. "

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