Friday, 15 July 2016


May in excellent talks with Nicola Sturgeon!

The Prime Minister said she is willing to listen to the First Minster's options for Scotland to have a different relationship with the European Union.

The pair met at Bute House in Edinburgh on one of Mrs May's first engagements since taking office earlier this week.

But she dismissed a second referendum, saying the people of Scotland "had their vote" on independence and this option should not be on the table.

Both leaders had good things to say about their meeting

Asked if Scotland could have a different relationship with the EU than the rest of the UK, Mrs May said: "I want to get the best possible deal for the United Kingdom out of our negotiations for the UK leaving the EU, but I'm willing to listen to options.

"I've been very clear with the First Minister today that I want the Scottish Government to be fully engaged in our discussions and our considerations, and I will listen to any options that they bring forward."

Ms Sturgeon claimed she received an assurance that the UK Government will be "open and flexible" to options in the forthcoming Brexit process.

"I was very pleased that Theresa May said that she was absolutely willing to consider any options that the Scottish Government now bring forward to secure Scotland's relationship with the European Union," she said.

She was also reassured that "the process that now takes shape by the UK Government will be open and flexible and that the Scottish Government will be fully involved in that".

Triggering Article 50 starts the process of Brexit, but the European Commission says it will not hold any negotiations with any part of the UK until the formal withdrawal process is under way.

Mrs May said she was keen to visit Scotland so early in her tenure as Prime Minister to demonstrate how "very important" the country is to her.

"When I stood on the steps of 10 Downing Street on Wednesday, I made clear that I believe in the United Kingdom," she said.

"I've just had an excellent meeting with the First Minister - a very constructive and positive meeting.

"We've discussed the upcoming EU negotiations and I'm very clear that I want the Scottish Government to be fully involved and I want to get the best possible deal for the whole of the United Kingdom."

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