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Scotland 'could stay part of both the EU and the UK'

Scotland could remain part of Britain while retaining EU membership, even if the rest of the UK leaves, Nicola Sturgeon has suggested.

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The First Minister said she could not rule out the possibility following June's referendum result, which saw Scotland heavily back staying within the European Union in contrast to the overall result.

Asked about the possibility, David Davis - the minister appointed to help steer the country through Brexit - warned that there would not be "internal borders" created in Britain.

Scotland voted to stay part of the UK in its own independence referendum in 2012, but Ms Sturgeon has previously said the option of a second vote should be back "on the table" following the Brexit decision, to honour the will of the Scottish people.

'EU citizens who come to UK before Brexit not protected'

European Union citizens who arrive in the UK before Britain officially leaves the EU may not have their right to remain in the country protected.

David Davis, the newly-appointed Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Credit: PA

In an interview with the Mail on Sunday, David Davis, the country's new minister responsible for steering the country through Brexit, was quoted as saying there could be a cut-off point after which new arrivals will not be able to stay indefinitely.

"We may have to say that the right to indefinite leave to remain protection only applies before a certain date," he said.

"But you have to make those judgments on reality not speculation."


IMF welcome Bank of England's calming measures

The managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has welcomed the measures taken by the Bank of England to "guard against excess volatility, and to provide what is necessary".

Christine Lagarde said it will be "some time before we know the nature of the future relationship between the UK and the EU", and stressed the importance of "clarity on the negotiation process" to make the transition as "smooth a manner as possible".

She added: "IMF for its part will continue to monitor the development closely and will work with our members to ensure the resilience and stability of the global economy in the period ahead."

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