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Sturgeon seeks to 'protect' Scotland's EU place

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says her government will seek to enter into "immediate discussions" with Brussels to "protect Scotland's place in the EU" following the Brexit vote.

Ms Sturgeon said she will establish an advisory panel with experts to advise her on legal, financial and diplomatic matters as she seeks to continue Scotland's membership.

The First Minister said her cabinet had agreed to begin work on legislation that would allow for the option of a second independence referendum.

Scottish Cabinet meets to discuss EU Brexit vote

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon Credit: PA

The Scottish Cabinet is holding an emergency meeting after the shock victory for Brexit campaigners in the European referendum.

The government team is gathering in Edinburgh to discuss the next steps they will take after the UK voted to leave the European Union.

The verdict resulted in David Cameron announcing on Friday that he would step down as Prime Minister before October's Conservative conference.

Scotland opted overwhelmingly to be part of the EU, by 62 per cent to 38 per cent, a difference which prompted First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to warn the UK that a second vote on Scottish independence is now "highly likely".

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Impact of Brexit to Cumbria's tourism industry 'unknown'

Coniston, Lake District Credit: PA

Cumbria Tourism has said that the UK's decision to leave the European Union will clearly have 'implications' for the industry.

Ian Stephens, Managing Director of Cumbria Tourism, said:

The decision to exit has been made and clearly there are a lot of implications.

The full impact for the UK and Cumbria’s tourism industry is still unknown, but as the body representing more than 60,000 people dependent on the £2.6 billion visitor spending in the county, Cumbria Tourism will be doing everything possible to make sure that there is minimum disruption and that any changes positively impact on travel and tourism.

We will continue to keep our members informed and up-to-date on the changes as they unfold over the coming months.

– Ian Stephens

EU vote not a shock, says NFU leader

The UK's decision to vote to leave the EU was not a shock, according to the chairman of the NFU in Cumbria.

David Raine, who farms near Kirkoswald, says the agricultural industry in the county was very divided on the issue. He points to issues such as frustration with EU bureaucracy and a desire to take back control as being factors leading many farmers to vote to leave.

But speaking to ITV Border he said it would now pose "significant challenges" for the industry.

Tim Farron: 'I worry about farmers in our community'

Tim Farron Credit: PA

Liberal Democrats leader and South Lakeland MP Tim Farron has described his 'worry' for his constituents following the UK's decision to leave the European Union.

Speaking to ITV Border, he said:

I worry about farmers in our community, I worry about the tourism industry, but when all said and done, the people have decided & we have to accept what they have said.

The majority of people in my area voted to remain but across the country people voted to leave and you've got to accept the democratic mandate of the people.

Just got to do our best now to make sure our part of the world at least doesn't suffer as much as it looks like it's going to.

– Tim Farron

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'Sturgeon has upped the ante' in the post-Brexit debate

Nicola Sturgeon has just upped the ante in the post-Brexit debate by saying a second independence referendum in Scotland is now "highly likely".

Up to now the First Minister has been cautious about such a promise, but after Scotland voted to Remain while most of the UK voted to Leave, he has thrown caution to the wind.

She is now going to go into talks with the Westminster government. IN theory Westminster has to agree - as the constitution is a reserved matter.

But ms Sturgeon more or less said she will seek Holyrood's support to go ahead with asking Scots again about independence whatever happens.

She is hoping that by being more pro-EU she will get support from European politicians who have lost patience with Westminster

Nicola Sturgeon: 'Second independence referendum now highly likely'

First Minister for Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has claimed that a second Scottish independence referendum is now 'highly likely', following the UK's decision to leave the European Union.

ITV Border's Political Editor Peter MacMahon is in Edinburgh and has been live-tweeting Sturgeon's statement:

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