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Sturgeon says SNP may try to block a Brexit

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said the Scottish MPs may try to block the UK from leaving the European Union.

The SNP leader said she believes the Scottish parliament would have to give "legislative consent" to laws taking Britain out of the bloc and that if this did arise she would "of course" ask for the motioned to be blocked.

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Scottish Lib Dems back Sturgeon in EU negotiations

The Scottish Liberal Democrats have thrown their weight behind plans by Nicola Sturgeon to open "immediate" discussions with Brussels following the UK's decision to leave the EU.

Willie Rennie (right) has vowed to support Nicola Sturgeon in Scotland's EU negotiations Credit: PA

Leader of the Lib Dems north of the border Willie Rennie said the First Minister would have his support in the process.

It comes after Ms Sturgeon vowed to "protect Scotland's place in the EU" as Scots voted 62 per cent to 38 per cent to remain in the union, contrary to the overall result.

She also said the option of a second independence referendum for Scotland was "on the table" - but Mr Rennie said that was not what he was backing.

Leaving the European Union is already sending shockwaves through the economy. As an internationalist and pro-European I will do everything I can to find a way through this.

If this was simply to be a charade devised to build up grievance in Scotland to aid the campaign for independence, it would not have received our support. I will not be a pawn in a new campaign for independence.

However, I was given a guarantee from the First Minister that this was not the case and that she genuinely wanted this process to succeed. That is why we will lend our support to this process as it will need a cross-party effort to have the best chance of succeeding.

– Willie Rennie, Scottish Lib Dem leader

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