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Sturgeon: Scotland will consider all options to stay in EU

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she is determined to consider all options to protect Scotland's relationship with the EU.

Ms Sturgeon said her meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday was "constructive", adding that she was pleased Mrs May was willing to consider options raised by Scotland.

"It was very important today to get a commitment from the prime minister...to listen to options that the Scottish government brings forward," Ms Sturgeon said.

"There is an agreement that Scottish government officials will be very closely involved in discussions."

Ms Sturgeon said Scotland may have to consider becoming independent in order to protect its with membership of the EU, but insisted she would "consider all the options along the way".

The prime minister knows, as everybody else knows, that a second independence referendum is of course on the table because Scotland finds itself now in the position of facing exit from the EU against our will.

– Nicola Sturgeon

Theresa May: Article 50 will not be brought forward

Article 50 will not be brought forward until there is a UK-wide approach, Theresa May has said.

Speaking after meeting with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Mrs May said: "I'm willing to listen to options and I've been very clear with the first minister today that I want the Scottish government to be fully engaged in our discussions.

"I have already said that I won't be triggering Article 50 until I think that we have a UK approach and objectives for negotiations - I think it is important that we establish that before we trigger Article 50."

The newly appointment British prime minister has used her "Brexit is Brexit" mantra to reassure the majority of the British public who voted to leave the EU that she is serious about negotiating Britain's exit from the bloc.

EU Commission President congratulates Theresa May

Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the EU Commission, has offered Theresa May his "warmest congratulations" on becoming prime minister of the UK.

In a note published on Twitter, Juncker wished her success in forming a new government, but mentioned the need to address the "new situation" following the UK's vote to leave the EU.

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Could France follow the UK out of Europe?

Video report by ITV News Europe Editor James Mates.

The British EU referendum has caused ripples all over Europe - and now a growing movement in France is pushing for its own vote on its membership of the bloc.

National Front leader marine Le Pen is at the vanguard of the push and has promised to stage a national vote if she wins the presidency next year.

While that is a highly unlikely prospect, far right groups have been boosted by anti-European sentiment. Many have also noted that Ukip manged to successfully agitate for a vote in the UK despite never reaching power.

However, many in France see opportunity in a potential Brexit, with hopes that the country's financial sector could gobble up business currently dominated by the city of London.

Though the Brexit campaign has boosted a nascent anti-EU movement in France, an exit seems unlikely in any near future.

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