Scotland needs choice on independence at end of Brexit: Sturgeon

United Kingdom election: Sturgeon plays down Tory threat in Scotland

"At the end of the Brexit process, I believe people in Scotland should have a choice over our future".

"But my message in this election is that the election has a more immediate opportunity for Scotland and that's to make sure that our voice is right at the centre of the negotiations".

The SNP will push for Scotland to have special status if Brexit takes places, and for it to stay a part of the single market, even if the rest of the United Kingdom opts to leave.

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

The SNP leader also reaffirmed her commitment to holding a second referendum on Scottish independence but said next month's vote should be seen as an opportunity for Scots to give her a mandate on proposals to keep Scotland in the single market.

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Mrs. Sturgon also said she did not want Scotland to adopt the euro when it joined the EU.

In interviews to mark today's anniversary of Mr Salmond becoming First Minister, the pair said there were "differences of opinion" and "disagreement" over the constitution, but not acrimony.

"We have to set that out at the time, because there are still some uncertainties, many uncertainties, around the Brexit process", Sturgeon said.

"Every day feels hard, but there is no greater privilege than having the chance to make a difference in your country, particularly by being the leader of your government", she said.

Heappey's comment will be unhelpful to Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Conservatives in Scotland, who has been leading a revival of the party's fortunes there and whose MPs have become the main threat to Sturgeon's dominant SNP.

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"The bottom line though is our single market membership should be protected".

"Now, in a cynical attempt to win back Leave voters who have deserted the SNP, she now refuses to say whether an independent Scotland would go back in. Her flirtation with EFTA would leave us with all the obligations, but no voice in decision-making", Carlaw said.

"Nobody is going to be fooled by these political games".

However, critics are concerned that Ms Sturgeon may have over-played her hand by demanding that Theresa May agree to a second referendum on the independence question when the polls suggest there is still a slim majority in Scotland in favour of remaining part of the UK.

A global economist has written off Scotland as a viable standalone country - and he hinted that even Nicola Sturgeon's chief economic adviser admits as much.

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And Scottish Liberal Democrats leader Willie Rennie said: "Nicola is selling out pro-Europeans to win back Brexit supporters with this watered down policy on Europe". About a third of SNP supporters voted to leave the European Union last June, and some would oppose independence if it meant rejoining.

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