Edinburgh: Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says the Scottish government will immediately engage in talks with the EU to protect Scotland’s position in the bloc, though she stopped short of announcing a referendum on leaving the UK.
This follows a meeting with her cabinet on Saturday to discuss the next steps the government should take after the UK voted to quit the EU, but Scotland voted overwhelmingly to remain.
Sturgeon said she would seek direct talks with the EU leadership and presumably with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European Council President Donald Tusk and the president of the European Parliament Martin Schulz in the coming week.
“We will seek to enter discussions with EU institutions and EU member states for all possible options to protect Scotland’s place in the EU. In doing so, we are determined to draw on as much support from across Scotland as possible,” she said, speaking outside Bute House in Edinburgh.
The Scottish leader said she believes Westminster is engulfed in political turmoil, though she did stop short of announcing a second referendum.