There are a "good many" questions still to answer about Scotland's future both within the EU and within the UK, Nicola Sturgeon has said, as she insisted she did not want to see a border separating her country from England.
Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr show, the Scottish First Minister said there would be "deeply damaging and painful consequences" for the UK during the process of withdrawing from the union.
She said her job was to negotiate the best way forward for Scotland, and said this included questions over whether there would have to be a border put into place with England, and what currency they would use.
"I certainly don't want to see in any circumstances a border between Scotland and England," she said, describing England as their "closest neighbours" and "friends".
It comes after Scotland voted in favour of staying in the EU, contrary to the overall result for the UK, sparking talk of a second Scottish independence referendum.
The party leader said her MPs may be in a position to act as deal makers - and they would refuse to allow an exit from the EU.
Scotland's First Minister said her government will seek 'immediate discussions' with Brussels to "protect Scotland's place in the EU".
An emergency meeting will be held today to discuss the Scottish government's next steps following the UK's decision to leave the EU.