Published: Tue, June 13, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Nicola Sturgeon calls for May to pause Brexit negotiations

Nicola Sturgeon calls for May to pause Brexit negotiations

The First Minister will use the opportunity of the first meeting of the new SNP parliamentary group to call for a short pause in the Brexit negotiations so that a new four nation, cross party position can be put together that recognises the outcome of the election and the rejection of the Tories hard Brexit position.The Scottish Government's compromise position, that the United Kingdom would leave the European Union but remain in the single market and that the Scottish Government should be at the negotiating table, was endorsed by the electorate in this election and provides a blue print for a new United Kingdom position.

As the First Minister arrived in Westminster, she called for Brexit talks to be put on hold, saying that Theresa May should seek a UK-wide consensus before starting negotiations.

"The Tory (Conservative) cabal kicking up a hard Brexit approach is dead in the water", Sturgeon told Sky News television on Monday.

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie claimed that an alliance between the DUP and the Tories "risks undermining" the stability of the United Kingdom and urged Mrs May to "swallow her pride" to work with other parties over Brexit.

Speculation is rife that last week's election results may push Prime Minister Theresa May into changing her strategy for quitting Europe, although Brexit secretary David Davis has reiterated his commitment to the existing plan.

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Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon will today issue a call for the government to pursue a "four nation" approach to Brexit planning, as hopes grow of a softer departure from the EU.

May had called for the snap election confident to gain additional seats in parliament for the ruling Conservative party to strengthen her position in the upcoming Brexit talks.

Ms Sturgeon appealed for MPs of all parties to "join together to keep the United Kingdom and Scotland in the European single market".

SNP sources say Mr Blackford, the MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber, has the backing of a number of MPs in the Westminster group.

Her deputy, Angus Robertson, who was also Westminster group leader and a star performer during prime minister's questions, lost his seat to the Tories last Thursday, but remains the party's deputy leader until he decides to stand down. There have been suggestions that the date could be delayed by a few days.

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