Nicola Sturgeon has said she believes Scotland is in ‘a strong position’ to block Britain’s exit from the EU.
Following a meeting with Ms Sturgeon in Edinburgh, Theresa May said Article 50 wouldn’t be triggered until a ‘UK-wide approach’ has been agreed, reports The Independent.
In an interview with Andrew Marr, Ms Sturgeon was asked whether this meant Scotland had effectively been given a veto on the UK leaving the EU.
That appears to be an interpretation that some people but on the Prime Minister’s remarks. From what she said after the meeting that puts us in a very strong position.
It puts me in a strong position, of course it puts a responsibility on my shoulders to think through what the options are.
Since the referendum result came in, the First Minister has consistently said she will not allow the UK to take Scotland out of the EU against its wishes.
Scotland voted overwhelmingly to stay in the EU – by 62 per cent to 38 per cent – with all 32 council areas backing Remain.
Ms Sturgeon added:
Scotland did not vote for any of those consequences. We voted by a significant margin to avoid those consequences and stay in.
That gives me a mandate to try to protect our relationship with the EU.
If that is not possible within the UK well then I have been very clear that the option of a second independence referendum has to be on the table.
What I encountered in Brussels was a warmth, an openness and a great sympathy to the position that Scotland finds itself in.Advertisement
The situation could be politically ideal for Theresa May.
Our new PM campaigned for the Remain camp and Scotland digging in its heels could give her the perfect opportunity to not trigger Article 50 while conveniently passing the blame…