'The Harder the Worse': Scotland's First Minister Warns of Brexit Implications

Nicola Sturgeon at Westminster

Nicola Sturgeon at Westminster

The first minister said people wanted to see clarity over the relationship between the United Kingdom and Europe.

While in the Brexit vote, Scotland voted to remain in the European Union by a majority of 62%.

In 2016, Britons voted 52 to 48 percent in favor of ending its membership of the EU.

"Assuming that the UK's going to leave the European Union, we then have to look at what the potential outcomes are and work out what the best, or the least damaging outcome, will be".

Several pro-EU campaigners say the need for a second referendum has become more pressing because public opinion is showing some signs of turning against Brexit as the difficulty of negotiations to leave the bloc becomes increasingly clear.

In its independence referendum in 2014 people voted against becoming an independent country by 55% to 45%.

Adam Tomkins, the party's constitution spokesman, also warned that Brexit would not happen unless the two sides agreed the specific wording of the amendments to the Government's EU (Withdrawal) Bill.

"There is zero credible evidence to suggest leaving the single market will bring any benefit to our economy".

NICOLA STURGEON is stepping up her drive for a soft withdrawal from the European Union claiming time is running out to prevent the "economic disaster" of a hard Brexit.

"It will be a fundamental dereliction of duty as Prime Minister if Theresa May continues to pursue her red lines without providing information on their impact and publicly discussing the options available".

She said: "It's time for her to stop listening to the discredited voices around her Cabinet table and start listening to the overwhelming case for Single Market membership".

That result put Scotland, together with Northern Ireland, at odds with Wales and England, which voted to leave, and the relationship between Britain's four nations has been under increased strain since. Scotland, however, has argued for continued freedom of movement to boost its ageing population and support its food and drink industry and rural life.

"[Those defending Brexit] have completely failed to explain how their approach could even remotely come close to replacing the enormous lost trade and investment", Sturgeon said.

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