Sturgeon says Independent Scotland may not rejoin EU

Ruth Davidson

Ruth Davidson

Scottish Liberal Democrats leader Willie Rennie said: "Nicola Sturgeon is selling out pro Europeans to win back Brexit supporters with this watered down policy on Europe".

Ms Sturgeon and Mr Gethins visited the University's centre for Designer Quantum Materials before taking part in a discussion on the Erasmus programme with students who had studied overseas. "She claims we must have a referendum on independence because we're leaving the EU".

The Proctor, Professor Lorna Milne, Association President and Association President-elect, Charlotte Andrew and Lewis Wood, also attended, along with members of staff.

In January this newspaper revealed that the SNP leadership was "close to ditching one of its longest-held principles for Scottish independence - full membership of the European Union".

"The Prime Minister dismissed those proposals out of hand".

He said: "People can have disagreement without being divided".

Ms Sturgeon said: "I'm over the moon that we are the largest party in Glasgow and are about to form an administration in the city".

The June 23 Brexit referendum called the future of the United Kingdom into question because England and Wales voted to leave but Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to stay.

She then added, "So it underlines the point that over these next couple of years we really need to have people in their arguing Scotland's corner".

"There will be people in Scotland thinking it is a real missed opportunity".

Sturgeon said that overall Scottish pupils were performing well, with record numbers of passes in Highers, the equivalent of A-levels, and Advanced Highers.

Scotland's First Minister made it clear that the general election would be the main focus for her party (SNP) and that she hopes it will give Scotland a "stronger voice" in formulating Brexit terms, and eventually, demanding another independence referendum.

She said: "My position is I want Scotland to be in the EU".

She told BBC Radio Scotland: "Because we as the Scottish government, the SNP, are not in charge of the Brexit process right now we don't know exactly what that is going to be like, how that is going to unfold".

"If you vote SNP you are strengthening my hand to make sure that Scotland's voice is heard... and we can press the case for Scotland's place in the single market", she said.

During the meeting with staff and students the First Minister also said that scrapping the Erasmus scheme would be "bonkers". "There must be the ability with will on both sides to get an early certainty around these kind of things".

"Everywhere I go, the SNP follow".

"I thought we were close, it thought we were extremely close to achieving independence".

Opposition parties have criticised the First Minister's comments on her party's currency plans. "And we can stand up for investment in education and mental health".

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