Nicola Sturgeon To Set Out Stall Against Theresa May Ahead Of Second Independence Referendum Battle

While the UK as a whole voted to leave the European Union in June, almost two thirds (62%) of Scots taking part in the referendum opted to remain.

The Brexit vote makes efforts to boost Scotland’s economy “even more important”, Sturgeon will say.

The First Minister is expected to add: “Make no mistake, the growth of our economy right now is threatened not just by the prospect of losing our place in the single market – disastrous though that would be.

“It is also the deeply damaging – and utterly shameful – message that the Tories’ rhetoric about foreign workers is sending and the uncertainty that message brings to our public services and Scottish employers.

“More than ever, we need to tell our European friends that Scotland is open for business.”

It comes days after Sturgeon fired the starting gun on a second Scottish independence referendum, announcing a consultation on the issue will be published next week.

The Scottish First Minister said her country had the right to seek a better future if remaining in the UK would expose it to instability.


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