What does Brexit mean for Scotland, the UK and Japan?

Feb. 16, 2018 12:00 - 13:15


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Exclusive opportunity to meet and engage directly with a person very much at the heart of the UK Government in 2018: the Secretary of State for Scotland

The Scottish Government's stance on Brexit is well-documented:

"Brexit will significantly weaken our economy and result in lower economic growth and lower incomes than otherwise. A Brexit which results in the UK being outside the European Single Market and Customs Union will have the most damaging consequences for Scotland."
(Scotland's Place in Europe: People, Jobs and Investment, Jan 15 2018)

Indeed, the same report warns that a no-deal Brexit could cost Scotland’s economy £12.7bn a year.

However, with the second phase of EU negotiations now on the horizon, many argue that it is crucial that the UK Government and devolved governments, including Scotland, work closely together to achieve the best possible outcomes for the people of the UK. So, who's in charge of this garguantuan task?

On February 16, BCCJ members are invited to the British Embassy Tokyo to meet the Secretary of State for Scotland, and a member of PM Theresa May’s Cabinet, the Rt Hon. David Mundell MP.

As well as giving his views on the Brexit situation so far, "domestic readiness" and Scottish devolution, the speaker will also share his predictions for how Brexit will affect overseas relationships in the long run - including commercial relations with Japan. 

This really is a great opportunity for members to gain greater understanding on what Brexit means for Scotland.

Why is the Secretary of State for Scotland in Japan?

The Secretary of State for Scotland, the Rt. Hon. David Mundell MP, is visiting Japan as part of a wider visit to Asia. His visit is designed to build on the existing strong links between Japan and Scotland, particularly in trade and investment across a variety of sectors. As part of his visit, the Secretary of State is meeting with several Japanese life sciences investors in Scotland, as well as calling on a number of ministers to discuss trade access issues and the wider investment climate. Mr Mundell is also hosting a lunch for Japanese MPs to share the UK’s experience in relation to LGBT issues, given his personal interest; he is the first openly gay Conservative cabinet minister and has been active in promoting and campaigning for LGBT rights and anti-discrimination legislation. He will separately host a reception celebrating UK, Scottish and Japanese education links. 

About the speaker

David was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 1999 and 2003 as a list MSP for the South of Scotland. After being elected as MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale in 2005, he was made Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland and a member of David Cameron’s Shadow Cabinet. In May 2015 he was appointed Secretary of State for Scotland. The main role of the Scottish Secretary is to promote and protect the devolution settlement. 

David worked as a solicitor before joining BT as Group Legal Advisor for Scotland in 1991. He became BT Scotland’s head of national affairs, remaining with BT until becoming an MSP. He was a councillor in Annandale and Eskdale from 1984 to 1986 and served on Dumfries and Galloway council for another year until 1987, while a student. He is a member of the Law Society and Writers to the Signet. He currently lives in Moffat. He has a daughter and 2 sons.


Event flow
11:45 Doors open, tea and biscuits (participants are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch)
12:10 Opening speech
12:30 Q&A
13:00 Networking time
13:15 Close


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Scottish Brexit bill 'likely next month' (Jan 10 2018)




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