Sturgeon Claims Independent Scotland Will Rejoin EU in Stages, Without Euro

Sturgeon Claims Independent Scotland Will Rejoin EU in Stages, Without Euro

Since then, 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.

"My proposition is just that when we get to the end of the Brexit process, and when we know what the terms of Brexit are, Scotland should have a choice, and that is my simple argument", she said.

An SNP victory in the General Election north of the border would provide a mandate for a role in Brexit negotiations, Nicola Sturgeon has said. Now we have to set out if we are in an independence referendum, and we are not in it right now, the process for regaining or retaining depending on where we are in the Brexit process, European Union membership. "That's why we are opposed to a divisive second independence referendum".

But in an earlier email from her office to senior SNP ministers and civil servants, she called a report advising Scotland against joining the EFTA a "very good, extremely well-written paper", according to the Telegraph.

Jackson Carlaw, the Scottish Conservative leader, said Sturgeon was playing political games with the electorate.

She said: "Labour's manifesto leak simply serves to highlight how Scotland is leading the United Kingdom - numerous policies which they believe would benefit people in England were introduced by the SNP in Scotland long ago".

The politician said her party had been advocates for regionalising fishing policy and for taking a fresh look at the EU's "open to all" approach to fishing waters.

However, Ms Sturgeon said she was not concerned about losing the seat.

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"My message on this election on Brexit is whether you voted leave or remain, whether you were yes or no in 2014, if you vote SNP you are strengthening my hand to make sure that Scotland's voice is heard in these negotiations and that we don't sacrifice jobs and our economy".

Speaking on a visit to the Lanark and Hamilton East constituency, Ms Sturgeon said: "This election can not be about giving Theresa May a free hand, it must be about strengthening Scotland's hand".

The SNP candidate for Angus has been challenged by his Conservative opponent over his stance on a post-Brexit fishing industry.

Ms Sturgeon said: "My position is I want Scotland to be in the EU".

"I think the people of Angus deserve some clarity".

Mr Gethins stated that the First Minister's visit was "to put Europe on the agenda in this election". They like people talking after the match, not before the match.

"While I can point to lots of areas where Scottish education is strong, doing well and improving, I'm not satisfied with that because I also see areas where clearly we need to do better".

"The question for Scotland is do we send MPs to Westminster that are going to stand up for Scotland - and we face the prospect because of what is happening in England of a Tory government with a bigger majority".

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