Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says there is “unacceptable” lack of knowledge on Britain’s Brexit strategy six months after the vote to leave the EU.
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JANUARY 7, 2016) (BBC ANDREW MARR SHOW) – Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said in an interview aired on Sunday (January 8) she knew little of Britain’s plan to leave the European Union, a situation that was “unacceptable” six months after the Brexit vote.
Sturgeon, the leader of the Scottish National Party which campaigned to remain in the bloc, told the BBC that the British government needed to compromise in negotiations with the EU to keep Scotland on side, rather than focusing on immigration.
Speaking of British Prime Minister Theresa May, Sturgeon told the BBC Andrew Marr Show: “I don’t feel as if I know any more about her negotiating objectives today than I did six months ago. And, probably what’s more worrying than that, I’m not sure she knows more about her negotiating objectives than she did back then as well and I think that is increasingly of concern the closer we get to the triggering of Article 50.”
May has said she will trigger the process of leaving the EU under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty by March.
“Don’t disregard Scotland, because it’s not acceptable to do so,” Sturgeon added.
Support for EU membership among Scots in the June 2016 “Brexit” referendum was 62 percent, putting Scotland at odds with much of the rest of Britain.
Overall, Britons voted to leave the bloc by 52 percent to 48 percent, a result that led the then prime minister, David Cameron, to resign.
Scots voted “no” to independence in a 2014 referendum by 10 percentage points, but the swell of excitement from the campaign galvanized the SNP.
It now has 56 of the 59 seats allocated to Scotland in the British parliament in London.
Sturgeon has indicated that a fresh independence referendum remains an option if the final Brexit deal harms Scottish interests.