In response to the Scottish Government’s publication of ‘Protecting what matters – what’s at stake for individuals in the Brexit talks’, John Downie, Director of Public Affairs for the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), said:

“SCVO warmly welcomes this report and the opportunity it gives to real people to talk about the tangible impact Brexit will have on their lives. It’s also encouraging to see input from so many third sector organisations, explaining the effect Brexit will have on both them and the communities they seek to support and empower.

“This report is a clear sign that the Scottish Government recognises Brexit really is about the impact on the people of Scotland, and that it appreciates what SCVO have been saying from the beginning – that individuals, communities and families have been somewhat overlooked in favour of lofty debates about key industries and high level discussions on economy and trade.

“Our evidence shows that Scotland’s third sector is overwhelmingly pro-European in outlook, and as such, SCVO strongly supports the Scottish Government’s stance on mitigating the worst impacts of Brexit.

“We look forward to working with the Scottish Government to give our sector as much support and certainty as possible, going forward, allowing organisations to continue helping people and communities throughout Scotland overcome the adverse impacts of Brexit.”