May ap­peases Scots over Brexit

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ED­IN­BURGH: Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May says Bri­tain will not trig­ger for­mal di­vorce talks with the EU un­til a “UK ap­proach” had been agreed, a bid to ap­pease Scots who strongly op­pose Brexit.

May made the com­ment yes­ter­day af­ter meet­ing First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon, head of the pro-in­de­pen­dence Scot­tish gov­ern­ment.

May said her de­ci­sion to visit Stur­geon on her own turf less than 48 hours af­ter tak­ing of­fice un­der­lined her de­ter­mi­na­tion to keep Scot­land in the UK af­ter the Brexit vote had re­vived the is­sue of in­de­pen­dence, which Scots re­jected in a 2014 ref­er­en­dum.

Stur­geon has said she will ex­plore all op­tions for keep­ing Scot­land in the EU and May, who her­self had backed the cam­paign to re­main in the bloc, said she wanted the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment to be in­volved in the Brexit talks.

“I will lis­ten to any op­tions they bring for­ward. I’ve been very clear with the first min­is­ter to­day that I want the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment to be fully en­gaged in our dis­cus­sions,” May said.

“I want to get the best pos­si­ble deal for the whole of the United King­dom.”

Scots re­jected in­de­pen­dence by 55-45 per­cent in the ref­er­en­dum two years ago, but since then, Stur­geon’s Scot­tish Na­tional Party has gone from strength to strength, win­ning 56 of Scot­land’s 59 seats in the Bri­tish par­lia­ment in last year’s elec­tion. – Reuters

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