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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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Pound and confidence rally a little after Brexit speech

ITV News' Business Editor Joel Hills was in the City of London to see how the City responded to Theresa May's big Brexit speech.

"The pound has become a benchmark of confidence in Britain's economy, and it is on course for its highest rise since 2008," he said.

"Import costs as a result are starting to rise here, inflation, we learned today, has risen to its highest level in two years.

"The suggestion is that there will be a squeeze in living standards. People are going to start feeling it soon."

He said businesses will like that the prime minister has promised that the "brightest and the best" will be welcome to the country, but firms employing low-skilled workers may miss out.

He added: "The prime minister's committed to tariff free, tax free, quota free ongoing access to the European Union and its economies, but that will come at a price, and she did not spell out what price she is willing to pay."

Jeremy Corbyn: May 'wants to have her cake and eat it'

Jeremy Corbyn has criticised the prime minister's speech on Brexit, saying that she "wants to have her cake and eat it".

Mr Corbyn also derided her approach to negotiations, saying there was an "implied threat" that Britain would move to a "low corporate tax, bargain-basement economy".

He said: "She has said leave the single market, but at the same time says she wants to have access to the single market. I'm not quite sure how that's going to go down in Europe.

"I think we have to have a deal that ensures we have access to the market. We have British jobs dependent on that market, that's what we'll be pushing for.

"She seems to be wanting to have her cake and eat it."

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