THE ASSOCIATED PRESS – December 20, 2016
LONDON — Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon offered proposals Tuesday to protect Scotland’s place in Europe after Britain leaves the European Union, saying it’s possible to keep Scotland in Europe’s single market even after Brexit.
But Prime Minister Theresa May played down the prospect of Scotland getting a separate Brexit deal, saying that her government will be negotiating a “United Kingdom approach” with Brussels.
Britain voted to leave the EU in June but 62 percent of voters in Scotland backed remaining in the 28-nation bloc. Sturgeon, who backs Scottish independence, said Britain’s departure should be “flexible” to address the needs of the U.K.’s different constituents — England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Launching a document titled “Scotland’s Place in Europe,” Sturgeon said it was best for Scotland — and the rest of Britain — to remain in the European single market and customs union.