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Sturgeon: we're discussing Brexit options affecting Scotland and Ireland

Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, is meeting with Irish Foreign Minister, Charlie Flanagan on her two-day visit to Dublin.

Regarding the UK's planned exit of the European Union, the First Minister said she had been discussing options affecting both Scotland and Ireland.

Sturgeon: 'It's important that we don't see the poppy as a political statement'

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has spoken out about the controversy surrounding FIFA's decision to ban England and Scotland football players from wearing a poppy during their Armistice Day World Cup Qualifier.

Speaking in Selkirk, Ms Sturgeon Said:

Well I think it's really important that we mark Armistice Day and I also think it's important that we don't see the poppy as a political statement, I think anyone who wants to wear a poppy, it shouldn't be compulsory for anybody, but anybody who wants to wear a poppy to show their respect, like many of us do at this time of year should be able to do that. So I hope that a solution to this can be found that will allow those playing in the England-Scotland match to mark Armistice Day in the way that they feel appropriate.

– Nicola Sturgeon

Sturgeon prepares to outline Scottish Government's priorities

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaking at an event in Stirling Credit: PA

Scotland's First Minister is about to set out her government's priorities for the coming year.

Visiting the site of a new school building in Edinburgh this morning, Nicola Sturgeon said education and the economy would be top of her agenda.

She's also expected to confirm her pledge to deliver superfast broadband to all Scottish properties by 2020.

Her opponents are warning against further moves towards a second independence referendum and calling for her to 'get on with the day job' of running the country:

Well the economy and education will be at the heart of the programme for government. We need to boost the economy in wake of the Brexit vote. Education is the defining mission of the government I lead. I'm her in Boroughmuir high school one of 29 new schools that will open of the course of next year. That's the biggest number of any year of the programme so far.

– Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister

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Sturgeon and Johnson to headline television EU debate

Credit: Andrew Milligan/ PA Wire/ Press Association Images

Boris Johnson and Nicola Sturgeon are set to debate whether Britain should remain in the EU, in a major live television debate tonight on ITV.

Nicola Sturgeon will make the case for Britain Stronger in Europe, opposed by the former London mayor who will represent the case for Brexit.

The ITV Referendum Debate debate will be screened tonight between between 8.00pm and 10.00pm.

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