- Alfie Baron
The single market refers to the border-free movement of goods, capital, people and services inside the UK. If there were to be Scottish Independence it is not entirely clear how this arrangement would work.
It is being reported that during a Brexit discussion Joan McAlpine appeared to believe that devolution meant that the UK had already lost its frictionless economy.
Ms McAlpine said: “This talk of the UK single market, it’s a bit of a nonsense when you think that under the devolved settlement we already have different approaches to things.
“Health, for example, and lots of other areas as well where we take a different approach.
“So we don’t really have a UK single market.”
This graph is from the official Scottish Government website
MSP Joan McAlpine was immediately corrected by fellow attendees.
Professor Nicola McEwen, Associate Director of the Centre for Constitutional Change at Edinburgh University, promptly told her: “Yes, we do.”
Alan Page, Professor of Public Law at the University of Dundee, then explained: “Buying and selling goods, moving job, capital - all of these things move freely within the United Kingdom to the extent that we don’t even think about it.
“We live in an economic and monetary union. We do have, no question, a single market in which goods, people, capital move freely within the UK.”