Scotland’s Economy & Brexit: Implications, Challenges, and Opportunities


Scotland’s Economy & Brexit

Implications, Challenges and Opportunities for Economic Development


Michael Russell MSP: Scottish Government Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe

Professor Anton Muscatelli: Chair, Scottish Government Standing Council on Europe; and Principal & Vice Chancellor, University of Glasgow

Dr Fabian Zuleeg: Member, Scottish Government Standing Council on Europe; and Chief Executive & Chief Economist, European Policy Centre, Brussels



Tuesday 4 October

Central Edinburgh

5pm – 7pm

Refreshments provided

Booking - £25 (EDAS members), £50 (non-members)

Booking: visit event registration

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What does the Brexit process mean for Scotland's economy and organisations involved in economic development across sectors? What are the potential implications for funding, migration, trade, and governance arrangements? 


EDAS cordially invites you to join an expert panel to explore and discuss the implications of leaving the European Union for Scotland’s economy and economic development community. 

The June 2016 vote for the UK to leave the EU is widely seen as having profound implications for Scotland’s economy and for economic development practitioners in the public, private and third sectors. However, with the negotiation and implementation of a post-Brexit settlement likely to take several years, great consideration is required as to the consequences, challenges and potential opportunities presented by a signigicant shift in the relationship with the rest of Europe.

Together with its members, EDAS is committed to addressing these questions from the perspective of economic development and the performance of Scotland’s economy. A survey of EDAS members following the referendum vote highlighted that among practitioners there exists a range of uncertainties in areas like the future of current funding streams, trade rules, movement of labour, and constitutional responsibilities.

On Tuesday 4 October in the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, EDAS welcomes Michael Russel MSP [Scottish Government Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe], Professor Anton Muscatelli [Chair of the Scottish Government’s Standing Council on Europe, and Principal and Vice Chancellor, University of Glasgow], and Dr Fabian Zuleeg [Member, Standing Council on Europe and Chief Executive & Chief Economist, European Policy Centre, Brussels] to examine these issues with all those interested in Scotland’s economy and economic development.

An opening address will be delivered by Michael Russell MSP on the Scottish Government's perspective on the Brexit negotiations from an economic perspective. He will be followed by Professor Anton Muscatelli, one of the UK's leading economists, who will give a keynote address on the implications, challenges and opportunities presented by Brexit for Scotland. Dr Fabian Zuleeg will then reflect upon the view from Brussels and key EU partners of the economic implications of the Brexit vote. Following opening addresses, audience members will then be able to put questions to the panel on the aspects of the topic of greatest interest to them. 

With senior figures from leading public, private, academic, legal and third sector organisations already confirmed to attend, the evening will be a unique opportunity to learn about and discuss the shifting landscape for diverse aspects of economic development in Scotland following the Brexit vote. 

The event will also build upon an EDAS survey of its members over the challenges and opportunities associated with Brexit, and contribute to leading policy thinking around how best the new circumstances should be approached from the perspective of economic development.

We very much hope to see you for what promises to be an engaging and insightful evening. For further information and queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via [email protected]. To book, please see our event registration page