Nicola Sturgeon warns Prime Minister Brexit deal needs Scotland's cooperation

Frederick Owens
June 15, 2017

He echoed Scotland's First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, who in the wake of the election result said the Tories must abandon a "reckless" pursuit of a hard Brexit.

After Theresa May saw her majority wiped out in last week's vote, the Scottish First Minister said a UK-wide consensus should be adopted for the Brexit talks to allow the devolved governments a greater say.

He went on to hold the seat in last Thursday's election with a majority of almost 6,000 over the Conservatives - the second largest enjoyed by any SNP MP.

The SNP's proposals include the involvement of the devolved governments in the negotiations, and a cross-party advisory group to be set up with representatives from the devolved administrations, to agree a new position for the United Kingdom and oversee the talks.

"It is now clear that a new proposal is needed urgently to protect the economy and bring people together", Sturgeon said in a letter posted on the Scottish government's website.

The new group leader will get to quiz Theresa May every week at Prime Minister's Questions, making it a high-profile role. "The strongest possible position in the Brexit negotiations will be one that is backed by all parties and all governments across the United Kingdom".

Ruth Davidson, who has been in the limelight since leading the Scottish Conservatives to a much-improved performance in last week's national election, is also seeking a softer approach to the "Hard Brexit" envisaged by many prominent Conservatives.

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"This requires an urgent statement from SNP bosses, and I have written to the Electoral Commission to call for an investigation".

Ms Sturgeon wants a cross-party approach, with involvement from the devolved nations, centred on maintaining European single market membership.

Ian Blackford, Joanna Cherry, Drew Hendry and Tommy Sheppard are all vying to succeed Angus Robertson after he lost his seat in the House of Commons in the general election.

Labour has announced its readiness to form its own government and lead the Brexit talks.

"Our position is clearly set out, it is clearly set out in a number of places and there has been no change to that", May's spokesperson said.

Earlier in the day, Britain announced its government's unchanged resolved to part ways with the European Union.

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