Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon slams Theresa May's announcement that Britain will leave the European single market and insists Scotland must have the right to vote for independence. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. The British government's plan for leaving the European Union is "economically damaging" and Scotland must have the option of voting for independence if its views on Brexit are rejected, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Tuesday (January 17). Sturgeon, who leads the pro-independence devolved government, was speaking after British Prime Minister Theresa May signalled Britain would quit the European Union single market and impose immigration limits whilst seeking fair trade deals across the globe. Sturgeon said Scots, who voted by a clear majority against leaving the EU in last June's referendum, were now more likely to want independence. She has submitted a series of proposals on Scotland's position to the UK government, including the option of Scotland maintaining its EU single market links from within the UK. Many see that as impractical but the Scottish government argues that as Brexit is unprecedented, a creative approach should be considered. Sturgeon said she wanted evidence that Scotland's voice was being taken into account by the government in London. The Scottish government is due to meet UK counterparts on Thursday (January 19) in London as part of negotiations for Brexit.