Responding to the publication today of the Article 50 letter, COSLA President, Councillor David O’Neill said:
"While Scottish Council Leaders wanted to stay in the European Union, we recognise that we must now engage positively to protect and promote our communities.
"Early progress is urgently needed on the rights of citizens in our respective countries, and we want to continue to be good Europeans even if not within the Union. Given the number of EU workers we rely on in our agricultural, food processing, hospitality and social care sectors, many communities could face considerable challenges if we do not resolve this satisfactorily.
"Local leaders are also concerned over what will replace existing EU funding. It helps support the development and sustainability of our local economies and we must find an adequate long term replacement.
"Given the wealth of knowledge and experience within Scottish Local Government we commit to engaging as positively as we can to find meaningful solutions to these and other difficulties that lie ahead."