Scotland needs choice on independence at end of Brexit: Sturgeon

Joy Montgomery
May 17, 2017

The First Minister today said the pound would be the starting point, but indicated this could change.

Since then, the pro-independence Scottish government's proposals to keep Scotland in the single market after the United Kingdom leaves were rejected by London as unworkable, and relations have been strained.

The SNP scored a stunning success in the 2015 general election.

"There is a lot of concern, even among some people that voted Leave, that we are heading down the road of a very extreme Brexit", Sturgeon said on Sunday. Now we have to set out if we're in an independence referendum, and we're not in that right now, the process for regaining or retaining, depending where we are in the Brexit process, European Union membership.

"Every day feels hard, but there is no greater privilege than having the chance to make a difference in your country, particularly by being the leader of your government", she said.

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He added: "I spoke to the chief economic adviser to Nicola Sturgeon the other week and he said "James I know but its politics, economics doesn't matter; it's all about the politics".

He added: "She claims we must have a referendum on independence because we're leaving the EU".

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Since then, Ms Sturgeon, who leads Scotland's devolved government, has been arguing that the country should be allowed to hold a referendum on independence at a time of its choosing.

The Scottish Government put forward proposals at the end of a year ago in an attempt to create a bespoke Brexit deal for Scotland - where the vote to remain was 62% - but Ms Sturgeon said they were "dismissed out of hand by the Prime Minister".

But SNP leader Ms Sturgeon tried to lay claim to the leftie manifesto which she said was inspired by policies enacted north of the border.

"If you vote SNP you are strengthening my hand to make sure that Scotland's voice is heard... and we can press the case for Scotland's place in the single market", she said. "Her flirtation with EFTA would leave us with all the obligations, but no voice in decision-making", Carlaw said.

Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said: "This was a bruising interview for Nicola Sturgeon".

The SNP leader has already ruled out Scotland joining the euro insisting that no country "can be forced to join the euro" under the existing framework.

"A third of their own voters support Brexit, and it is Europe that has stopped the rise of the Scottish National Party - that genie is not going back in the bottle!" "The EU and a vote on the terms of Brexit are the latest excuses".

Implacably opposed. Sturgeon position is that while the European Union is not flawless, Scotland's interests are best served by being a member.

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