Monday, 15 May 2017

Nicola Sturgeon wants seat at Brexit talks table

Nicola Sturgeon has said a vote for the SNP would strengthen Scotland's hand over Brexit and allow her to argue for a seat at the negotiating table.

The first minister was speaking to the BBC's Good Morning Scotland programme ahead of the 8 June election.

The Scottish government wants Scotland to remain in the EU - and in particular the single market.

But the UK government insisted that Scotland would leave alongside the rest of the United Kingdom.

At the referendum last June voters in Scotland backed the UK remaining in the EU by 62% to 38%, but in the UK as a whole voters supported leaving by 52% to 48%.

Ms Sturgeon, who is spearheading a campaign to retain the 56 Westminster seats won by the SNP in 2015, told BBC Scotland's Gary Robertson that Prime Minister Theresa May had "dismissed out of hand" her proposals for Scotland to remain in the European single market.

She said: "What I am saying in this election is that we have an opportunity, by how we vote, to give those proposals democratic legitimacy.

"And, by voting for the SNP, to give me the ability to strengthen Scotland's hands in those [Brexit] negotiations, get a seat at the negotiating table and argue for Scotland's place in the single market."

Scotland's first minister went on to reiterate that if Scotland became independent then she would want the country to be a member of the EU.

BBC      News.