In June 2016, the British people voted in a referendum to leave the European Union. The United Kingdom's government is now delivering on that vote. On 29 March, it will trigger 'Article 50', the formal notification to the EU of the wish to leave and will soon start the process of bringing EU law back into British law.
In his IISS Fullerton Lecture, the Secretary of State for Scotland, the Rt. Hon. David Mundell MP, a British government Cabinet Minister, celebrated the close historical, cultural and business links between Scotland and Singapore, and looked ahead to a bright future for the two nations. He shared the UK government's vision for a positive future partnership with Europe, and with nations around the world, as the UK looks forward to forging new international relationships with allies old and new. Mr Mundell shared his vision of a global and outward-oriented UK, outside the EU, and talked of his hopes that Scotland and Singapore will use this opportunity to strengthen and build on their existing bonds.
David Mundell was appointed Secretary of State for Scotland, a Cabinet post in the British government, in May 2015, having been elected as the Conservative MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale almost exactly a decade earlier. He had previously served as Member of the Scottish Parliament for the South of Scotland between 1999 and 2003. He studied Law at the University of Edinburgh and has an MBA from the University of Strathclyde. Before entering politics on a full-time basis, he worked as a solicitor and later as BT's Group Legal Advisor for Scotland and then BT Scotland's head of national affairs.
This Fullerton Lecture was chaired by Dr Tim Huxley, Executive Director, IISS–Asia. It took place in the Straits Room, Level 4, The Fullerton Hotel, 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore.