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NI­COLA Stur­geon has said a dif­fer­ent future for Scot­land is more likely fol­low­ing the Prime Min­is­ter’s an­nounce­ment that the UK will leave the Euro­pean sin­gle mar­ket.

The First Min­is­ter said: “It seems the West­min­ster Tory Gov­ern­ment now think they can do any­thing to Scot­land and get away with it. They must start to un­der­stand how wrong they are.

“The UK Gov­ern­ment can­not be al­lowed to take us out of the EU and the sin­gle mar­ket, re­gard­less of the im­pact on our econ­omy, jobs, liv­ing stan­dards and our rep­u­ta­tion as an open, tol­er­ant coun­try, with­out Scot­land hav­ing the abil­ity to choose be­tween that and a dif­fer­ent future.”

Ms Stur­geon added: “With her com­ments to­day, the Prime Min­is­ter has only suc­ceeded in mak­ing that choice more likely.”

Ms Stur­geon also called for “se­ri­ous en­gage­ment” on Scot­land’s pro­posal to be al­lowed to re­main in the sin­gle mar­ket even if the rest of the UK leaves.

She said there is no ev­i­dence that pro­posal – or the rest of the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s plan on the coun­try’s future in Europe – had been con­sid­ered, adding that must change in “short or­der”.

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