Michael Russell, former Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Education and past Scottish Minister for Culture, External Affairs and the Constitution, was appointed ‘Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe’ on 25th August [Source: BBC].
As well as being a bit of mouthful, the post was deliberately set up to thwart the UK’s decision to leave the EU. Despite there being less appetite for an Independent Scotland now than at the time of the IndyRef, this hasn’t stopped Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, jumping the gun on starting independent negotiations on he devolved government’s behalf. Nor has it stopped the SNP offering itself a veto on Brexit.
For his part in it, Mr Russell has said: “Following the overwhelming vote in Scotland to remain in the EU, it is essential that Scotland comes together to defend our national interest.” After the Brexit victory in June, he told the Scottish Parliament that the nation must stay in the EU “no matter how, and no matter what it takes.” [Source: Daily Express].