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Lord Lamont: Time for people to back May on Brexit

Lord Lamont has called on people to back Theresa May on Brexit Credit: PA

Former chancellor Lord Lamont praised Theresa May's Brexit speech, saying the prime minister has given "all the detail that could reasonably be expected".

He added that it is time for everyone to "back the prime minister's efforts."

Speaking to the Press Association, Lord Lamont said: "The Prime Minister has given a firm lead and a clear vision. She has given all the detail that could reasonably be expected.

"Carping or calling for yet more detail will merely undermine Britain's negotiating position. It is time for everyone to back the Prime Minister's efforts."

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Tusk: May's Brexit plan 'at least more realistic'

Donald Tusk said the Union's 27 remaining members were ready to negotiate with the UK Credit: AP

The government's plan for Brexit is "at least more realistic", Donald Tusk, the European Council president, has said.

Mr Tusk said the EU's remaining 27 members were "united and ready to negotiate" with Britain.

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Sturgeon: Scotland must be consulted on Brexit deal

Ms Sturgeon said Scotland must have the ability to choose a different future Credit: PA

Nicola Sturgeon has said Scotland must have the ability to choose its own future if attempts at a compromise over Brexit are rejected.

The SNP leader said she had seen no evidence so far that Scotland was being listened to and that the government could not take Scotland out of the EU and the single market without it having the ability to choose a different future.

Ms Sturgeon's comments came as Prime Minister Theresa May outlined the government's programme for Brexit, including pulling out of the single market.

Scotland overwhelmingly voted to remain in the EU during the referendum on European Union membership last year and the Scottish government has since made clear it wants to remain in the single market.

It seems the Westminster Tory government now think they can do anything to Scotland and get away with it. They must start to understand how wrong they are.

The UK government cannot be allowed to take us out of the EU and the single market, regardless of the impact on our economy, jobs, living standards and out reputation as an open, tolerant country, without Scotland having the ability to choose between that and a different future.

– Nicola Sturgeon
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