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Sturgeon vows to secure access to single market

Nicola Sturgeon will travel to Brussels on Wednesday for talks with EU officials. Credit: APTN

Nicola Sturgeon said it is her "intention" to "secure continued access to the single market for Scotland" following Brexit.

The First Minister is set to travel to Brussels on Wednesday to set out Scotland's interests with EU officials.

Speaking in the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday, she said the result of the EU referendum had left her "deeply disappointed" and "profoundly concerned", but is "utterly determined" to "protect Scotland's relationship with and our place in the European Union".

Ms Sturgeon added that she is "committed" to "listening, understanding and seeking to address the concerns" of those in Scotland who voted to leave the EU.

The First Minister said action must be taken to ensure "the will of Scottish people" is respected, after the country voted in favour of remaining in the European Union.


Sturgeon to meet European Parliament chief Schulz

Nicola Sturgeon. Credit: Reuters

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is to meet European Parliament President Martin Schulz in Brussels on Wednesday, a source told Reuters.

The meeting follows last week's referendum on Britain's membership of the EU, in which a majority of Scotland's population voted to remain in the bloc despite the leave campaign's victory.

Ms Sturgeon has said she will pursue all available options to keep Scotland in the EU, and that a second referendum on Scottish independence from the UK is "highly likely".

There will be a special motion in Scotland's devolved parliament on Tuesday, which will aim to give the Scottish government backing for discussions on options to protect Scotland's relationship with the EU.

Nicola Sturgeon arrives for ITV EU Referendum Debate

Nicola Sturgeon has arrived at ITV studios ahead of the EU referendum programme tonight.

The First Minister of Scotland will be representing the remain campaign alongside Angela Eagle and Amber Rudd.

Vote Leave will be represented by Boris Johnson, Andrea Leadsom and Gisela Stuart.

The debate, moderated by Julie Etchingham, will be broadcast on ITV between 8 and 10pm.


Sturgeon: Collapse in Labour support is 'staggering'

Nicola Sturgeon's Glasgow Southside seat went to the vote on Thursday Credit: PA

The collapse in Labour support across Scotland is "quite staggering", according to Nicola Sturgeon.

Speaking on Friday morning, the Scottish First Minister said elections across the country on Thursday were a "huge vote of confidence in the SNP's record in government".

Ms Sturgeon, whose Glasgow Southside seat went to the vote on Thursday, added that the pattern of voting was an indicator of the people's "trust in our ability to lead the country".

"What we're seeing tonight, not just across Glasgow but the central belt of Scotland, is the SNP replacing Labour - the collapse in Labour support is quite staggering", she said.

Sturgeon: Scotland should have new referendum if Brexit

A new Scottish independence vote should be held if the UK votes to leave the EU, Nicola Sturgeon said. Credit: PA

Scotland's First Minister said that a new independence referendum should be held if the UK is taken out of the EU "against our will".

Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) said her party's manifesto before a local election next month would say there should be a referendum "if there is clear and sustained evidence that independence has become the preferred option of a majority of the Scottish people".

"Or if there is a significant and material change in the circumstances that prevailed in 2014, such as Scotland being taken out of the EU against our will," she added in a statement.

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