Op­por­tu­nity amid the Brexit mess

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THOSE in West­min­ster who see the Tories’ in­ter­nal di­vi­sions, the dead­locked talks with Brus­sels and a tight Com­mons ma­jor­ity as be­ing the big­gest Brexit ob­sta­cles were given a gentle tap on the shoul­der yes­ter­day.

Ni­cola Stur­geon was in town, in Down­ing Street ac­tu­ally, to re­mind Theresa May that the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment still have a say on get­ting the EU With­drawal Bill through.

It’s a sign that No10 ac­cept the re­al­ity of the Scot­tish and Welsh gov­ern­ments’ in­volve­ment on Brexit that Stur­geon was in­vited to this rare au­di­ence with the Prime Min­is­ter.

But de­spite the ap­par­ent thaw, Stur­geon played hard­ball, as usual – and rightly too.

The Brexit Bill in its cur­rent form is un­ac­cept­able to the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment.

Many of the 111 pow­ers re­turn­ing from Brus­sels should be sent straight north. And there are many in the UK Gov­ern­ment who pretty much agree they should be de­volved, so mak­ing a straw man out of fur­ther de­vo­lu­tion may prove to be a lost op­por­tu­nity.

Scot­land’s say could and should be de­ci­sive and in­flu­en­tial on the shape Brexit takes.

Stur­geon could be set­ting the terms for what post-Brexit Bri­tain will look like, putting the econ­omy and jobs at the fore­front.

The Tories are in a com­plete Brexit mess, peo­ple need a sense of di­rec­tion.

Stur­geon should put her­self at the fore­front of mak­ing Brexit work and giv­ing vot­ers across the UK some sort of hope. That would leave her in a stronger po­si­tion for what­ever fol­lows.

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