Scottish energy chiefs yesterday attended a Brexit briefing by the UK Govt
minister for Scotland as the UK prime minister published its long-awaited
preferred-options for the British departure from the EU next year.
The energy organisations which took part in the briefing were identified as
Scottish Power and the trade associations for the oil and gas and the Scots
David Mundell set out how the Brexit proposals will bring ‘significant
benefits to Scotland’.
However, Energy UK – which represents energy providers welcomed the Brexit
white paper – in parts.
Lawrence Slade, Chief Executive of Energy UK said: “As an essential product
for consumers, businesses and the UK economy, energy must be a priority in
the ongoing negotiations with the EU.
“So, whilst we welcome the broad commitments, there is a lot of detailed
work and discussions required in a short space of time to achieve these
goals and provide the clarity urgently needed on issues such as
participation in the internal energy market and the EU ETS – and the
continuation of the Single Energy Market between Northern Ireland and Ireland.
“The opacity around policy has already been having a direct impact on the
“It’s encouraging that the White Paper again makes it clear that the UK
government is looking to maintain broad co-operation over energy with the EU.
“Right across the energy industry, there’s clear agreement that a close
relationship with the EU has been mutually beneficial and that its
continuation will deliver the best outcomes for customers and businesses.
“Access to a EU-wide market has helped keep bills down by enabling the most
efficient use of energy resources – something that will become even more
important in a world of variable generation.
“The EU Emission Trading System (ETS) has been crucial in the drive to
decarbonise across the whole economy, something in which the UK energy
sector has led the way.
“As an industry, we are committed to working with Government and the EU
to ensure the future relationship continues to deliver benefits to the UK’s
customers and businesses.”