Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Election success would give SNP mandate on Brexit talks - Nicola Sturgeon

Election success would give SNP mandate on Brexit talks - Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon has marked ten years of SNP control of Scotland by admitting that the party is "not perfect" and has not got "everything right" while it has been in government.

But Sturgeon said it may have to be a "phased approach" and Scotland could initially join the European Free Trade Association along with Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Speaking to activists in South Queensferry, outside Edinburgh, Ms Sturgeon said: "I know we are not ideal".

"I am simply saying it's possible, not necessarily desirable, but possible for a period Scotland would be in Efta or the EEA".

Secondly, the Tories have said they are going to unseat me at the previous nine elections and have failed nine times.

She said: "We have argued and continue to argue either for it to be scrapped or for fundamental reform of the Common Fisheries Policy".

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And they claimed it destroyed the SNP's reason for demanding a second independence referendum - to keep Scotland in the EU.

Ms Sturgeon added that it was vital Scotland's fishing industry could continue to have access to an worldwide export market.

With the General Election approaching, Ms Sturgeon warned the United Kingdom is facing "the prospect of another Tory government, imposing more cuts, attacking the vulnerable, putting pensions at risk and imposing an extreme Brexit deal that will put jobs at risk".

It is, she said, "to demand a place for Scotland at the Brexit negotiating table and the inclusion of the case for our place in the single market in the negotiating remit".

Ms Dugdale said that while the SNP "has done nothing to stop austerity", Labour's proposals would redistribute wealth across the UK.

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

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Speaking to the BBC, Sturgeon said Scotland may also urged voters to choose her Scottish National Party in next month's general election to help make Scotland's voice heard in upcoming Brexit negotiations.

The 105-page document, which included a foreword from Ms Sturgeon, warned that members are obliged to pay the EU if they want access to the single market and follow a "substantial amount" of European law over which they have no say.

She said the "starting point" was the pound and not the Euro.

Labour claimed that the SNP's approach to the currency was "a shambles" while the Conservatives said Ms Sturgeon's remarks showed that she was "flimsy and insincere" on the most important of questions.

"When we come to an independence referendum, if we come to an independence referendum, these issues will be subject to the greatest of scrutiny".

"Now more than ever it is vital to have strong SNP voices standing up for Scotland".

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"And strengthening Scotland's right to take our own decisions - to ensure that Scotland's future lies in Scotland's hands".

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