SNP to negotiate with Brussels to stay in EU if UK votes for Brexit


SNP to negotiate with Brussels to stay in EU if UK votes for Brexit


**THE Scottish Government are set to negotiate directly with Brussels to stay in the EU if the rest of Britain votes to leave.

Nicola Sturgeon , spooked by polls which show the UK heading for the exit door, ordered officials in the SNP administration to draw up plans.

A senior SNP source last night said the idea of going over Westminster’s head is becoming more likely, adding: “Everything’s on the table.

"We would look to keep EU status if there’s a Leave vote elsewhere.”

Swift talks with Brussels would aim to keep Scotland’s place in the EU while the rest of the UK negotiates a way out.**

**A second independence referendum could then be called, knowing Scotland would retain its place rather than have to rejoin if the UK quits.

It would create constitutional turmoil, with no clear precedent to follow. Academics have pointed to Greenland, which is an autonomous part of the Danish EU state but not a full member of the union.**

At First Minister’s Questions on Thursday, Sturgeon suggested she was planning for all eventualities.

She said: “If Scotland faces the prospect of being taken out of the EU against our democratic will, all options to protect our relationship with Europe and the EU will be considered.”

Sturgeon’s predecessor Alex Salmond has also urged a quick move to keep Scotland in Europe. He said: “Whatever chaos envelopes Westminster, I anticipate the First Minister will lead Scotland in that direction.”


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