EU SHUTS OUT STURGEON – Commission says it WON’T negotiate separate Brexit deal for Scots

NICOLA Sturgeon’s hopes of a separate Brexit deal for Scotland appear to have been dealt yet another blow – after the European Commission confirmed it would not be negotiating with Holyrood.

The commission said the terms of Britain’s withdrawal would be discussed “with the UK Government only” in a statement  sent to STV news.

The Scottish First Minister has been spearheading a relentless campaign to keep Scotland in the European single market since the shock referendum result in June, which she claims is taking the majority of Scots out of the EU against their will. 

But in a statement ahead of a meeting between EC president Jeane-Claude Juncker and former First Minister Alex Salmond, a commission spokesman appeared to extinguish any hopes of a Scotland-only deal. 


Nicola Sturgeon had hoped to negotiate with Jeane-Claude Juncker and the European Commission

The statement said:  “The president’s doors are always open. Scotland is part of the UK and the commission respects the internal constitutional arrangements of the UK.

“Negotiations will take place with the UK Government only (once the UK sends its Article 50 notification).”

The European Commission’s latest snub means Ms Sturgeon’s only hope of retaining access to the single market lies with Westminster, if it pursues such a deal on Scotland’s behalf. 

The First Minister has been desperate to engineer a way for Scotland to remain part of the EU post-Brexit, after the country voted to Remain by 62 per cent to 38 per cent. 

In October the SNP leader vowed to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence if the Government opted for a ‘hard’ Brexit, saying the promises of 2014 would have been “broken”.


The European Commission has said it will not negotiate with the Scottish Government over Brexit

Her Government  has drawn up a list of proposals which it hopes Downing Street will include when negotiating Britain’s departure from the EU.

They include greater powers over immigration, the power to strike international deals and the ability to stay in the single market “even if the rest of the UK decides to leave”.

In her keynote speech at the SNP conference in autumn, Ms Sturgeon warned: “If the Tory government rejects these efforts, if it insists on taking Scotland down a path that hurts our economy, costs jobs, lowers our living standards and damages our reputation as an open, welcoming, diverse country, then be in no doubt Scotland must have the ability to choose a better future.”

In June, shortly after the Brexit vote, Ms Sturgeon met Mr Juncker to explain Scotland’s position and her desire to stay in the single market.

A Scottish Government spokesperson told STV: “This simply confirms our position that, once we publish proposals for Scotland in the coming weeks, they can then form part of an agreed UK negotiating position and be taken forward by the UK Government with Brussels as part of their formal Brexit negotiations.

“Brexit is by far the biggest threat to Scotland’s jobs, prosperity and economy which is why we have always been clear that remaining members of the EU – and members of the world’s largest single market of more than 500 million people – is the best option for our future.” 


Ms Sturgeon’s hopes of Scotland staying in the single market now rest with Number 10

However, a recent poll for STV suggests the appetite for a second vote on independence is not quite as large as previously thought.

Pollsters quizzed 1,000 scots in September and found only 48 per cent of people were in favour of independence, while 52 per cent preffered to remain within there UK even after Brexit.

The same poll also found Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson ahead of the SNP leader in satisfaction ratings.

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Jane Davies
Jane Davies

This woman really needs to know when it’s time to fold her tent and go home. The Scots are wise enough to know they are better off financially staying in the UK therefore leaving the EU is part of the deal. Move on Ms Sturgeon, it is what it is.

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