Nicola Sturgeon Planning To Keep Scotland In The EU Despite Brexit Vote

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced she will be seeking “immediate discussions” with Brussels to protect Scotland’s place in the European Union.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (right) during an emergency cabinet meeting at Bute House in Edinburgh PA : Image credits : The Independent

Ms Sturgeon revealed the plan after 62 per cent of Scots voted Remain in the EU referendum.

The SNP leader confirmed her government will begin to draw up the legislation that could see a fresh vote on Scottish independence take place within the next two years.

After a cabinet meeting at Bute House, Ms Sturgeon said: “We are determined to act decisively but in a way that builds unity across Scotland about the way forward.

“As I said yesterday, a second independence referendum is clearly an option that requires to be on the table and is very much on the table.

“To ensure that that option is a deliverable one within the required timetable, steps will be taken now to ensure that the necessary legislation is in place. Cabinet this morning formally agreed that work.”

There is precendent for the idea of Scotland remaining in the EU while also staying as part of the United Kingdom.

Denmark is effectively a union of three states: the Danish mainland, the Faroe Islands and Greenland. While both of the latter regions have seats in Folketing, the Danish parliament, neither are in the EU.

The First Minister added: “Cabinet agreed that we will seek to enter into immediate discussions with the EU institutions and other EU member states to explore all possible options to protect Scotland’s place in the EU.

“Over the next few days I will establish an advisory panel comprising a range of experts who can advise me and the Scottish Government on a number of important matters – legal, financial and diplomatic.”

On Friday, Ms Sturgeon described the prospect of Scotland being withdrawn from the EU against its will as “democratically unacceptable”.

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