Dear Secretariat General of the European Commission,
Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001.
By "documents", I am interpreting Article 3, paragraph (a) of Regulation 1049/2001 in its broadest sense i.e. "any content whatever its medium (written on paper or stored in electronic form or as a sound, visual or audio-visual recording)..." My request therefore covers records of meetings, phone calls, emails, discussion documents, briefings, and any other form of communication or documentation on the below. Records of correspondence should include both outgoing and incoming correspondence.
I am requesting documents containing information regarding the following subjects:
1. Any legal advice sought, discussions or minutes of meetings which addresses the issue of the UK's constitution/s, and Scottish sovereignty within the uncodified constitution of the former EU member, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
In particular, documents that mention or address the uncodified nature of the United Kingdom's constitution and the UK being founded upon the voluntary union of two separate Kingdoms, Scotland and England, and so is a union with two different equally valid constitutions.
Which, in the case of Scotland and Scots Law, judicial comment has discussed that the concept of "sovereignty of parliament" is alien to Scots Law. (Whereas, England's constitution is based on the "sovereignty of parliament" by Crown in parliament).
2. Following on from 1, Please provide any documents which contain consideration of, or discussion of the constitution of the United Kingdom. In particular, regarding whether the people of Scotland, if sovereign in Scots Law, were required to democratically approve the triggering of Article 50 and the UK's notice to leave the EU.
3. The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, has repeatedly stated her opinion that a referendum on Scottish independence must be legal and in the First Minister's opinion requires a UK Government Section 30 Order under the Scotland Act, and that without such a Section 30 Order, the EU may not accept the validity of the result of a Scottish independence referendum.
4. Please supply minutes of discussions between the First Minister of the Scottish Government or any other officials of the Scottish Government and EU officials which discuss Scottish sovereignty or Scottish independence or a Scottish independence referendum.
5. Please also supply any documents where the EU has discussed or expressed an opinion or position as to the legality of a Scottish independence referendum held by the Scottish Parliament or Scottish Government without a UK approved Scotland Act section 30 order.
My name and a postal address is already registered with the EU via the EU's Register of Commissions Documents etc, so should not be required again.
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Thank you for your email.
Could you please confirm us that the postal address you gave in EU's Register of Commissions Documents under reference Gestdem 2020/864 is the correct one?
Many thanks in advance.
Access to documents team (cr)
Ares(2020)1082773 - RE: access to documents request - UK constituion ,
Scottish sovereignty and Scottish independence --- Ref. Gestdem 2020/867
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From: colin alexander <[email address]>
Sent: Thursday, February 20, 2020 10:32 AM
To: SG ACCES DOCUMENTS <[email address]>
Subject: Re: access to documents request - UK constituion , Scottish
sovereignty and Scottish independence
Dear Sir or Madam
Thank you for your email. You asked: "Could you please confirm us that
the postal address you gave in EU's Register of Commissions Documents
under reference Gestdem 2020/864 is the correct one and should also be
used for the request you introduced via AsktheEU?"
Yes it is the correct one: [ADDRESS REDACTED]. It is the
same address that should be used for my AsktheEU request.