Scottish and Irish governments launch public consultation on the future relationship between the two countries

The public consultation follows the announcement of the Joint Review of the Ireland - Scotland Relationship back in November 2020.

The consultation is one strand of a broader engagement exercise being conducted by both governments to draw in a rich variety of experiences, views and ideas.

The results of the consultation will help to inform the ongoing joint review of Irish-Scottish relations and will be incorporated into the joint report which is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2020.

The consultation is intended to gather the views of all those interested in how Ireland and Scotland associate, cooperate, and collaborate as close neighbours on 5 main areas of activity:
+ Business and economic interests.
+ Community and diaspora links
+ Culture experience and exchange
+ Rural, coastal and island communities
+ Academic, educational and research links

Scotland's External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop said the public consultation wants to bring in as many diverse voices and ideas as possible, to help both governments shape their engagement with each other:

"Scotland and Ireland have a strong and long-lasting friendship, forged through our shared history and culture."

"Through this review we want to build on that friendship even further, strengthening existing areas of collaboration while seeking new opportunities to work together, trade and learn from each other."

"If you’ve lived, worked, studied or done business in both countries, or simply have an interest in Scottish-Irish relations, we’d love to hear from you."

The online consultation will be open until 20 March 2020. Contributions are welcome from those living in Ireland or Scotland, as well as those with an interest in the relationship between the two countries.

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