Rail transport was one of the key issues that the Scottish government faced in its Brexit negotiations with the UK government, according to a draft of its first Brexit strategy.
The document, seen by Reuters, proposes a £2bn investment in the railways in Scotland, and a £7bn increase in rail travel in Northern Ireland.
Scotland’s government said it was seeking to provide a “more sustainable” railway system in the region as part of a “pro-business” Brexit strategy, after Wales, Northern Ireland and England rejected an earlier version of the plan.
It said the plan “does not take account of the impact of Brexit on our region” and called for an upgrade of the existing rail network.
The Scottish government said on Monday it had not received the draft and that a more detailed version would be released in due course.
The draft document was drawn up in consultation with the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Department of Justice and Equality (DOJE) and comes a day after Scotland and Northern Irish governments said they had not agreed on the plan, which the Scottish Government said would be a “disaster for the region”.
The DfT said the draft was not final, but the draft could be published by mid-November.
The SNP and Wales First Minister Carwyn Jones have said they will not be giving their consent to the government’s proposal, which has been backed by the Scottish Conservatives, who want to see the UK remain in the single market and customs union with Scotland.
The UK government is also looking to “redraw” Scotland’s relationship with the rest of the UK, including the UK’s decision to leave the EU.
Scotland has a population of more than 100,000 people, compared with around 6.5 million in England, Wales and the rest (the Northern Ireland Assembly counts all the regions).
The UK’s Brexit negotiations began in June, but Scotland and the UK have since begun negotiating their own separate exit deals.