Wednesday 12 June 2019 - 04:20

Scotland's Sturgeon censures British government for Brexit 'chaos'

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Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon delivers a speech on the future relations between Scotland and the EU after Brexit, in Brussels, Belgium, June 11, 2019. (Photo by Reuters)

“What is clear is that very few people voted for the UK’s current position of chaos and the specific details of what Brexit involves are better known now than they were in 2016,” Sturgeon said in a meeting with European leaders as part of a visit to Brussels on Tuesday.

“In these circumstances, checking whether people across the UK still want to go ahead with Brexit is the obvious democratic course of action. That is what the Scottish Government will argue for and we will work with others to try to achieve it,” she added.

The leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) also said the “mess” the UK is confronted today is the result of “misleading claims” during the Brexit referendum and the government’s confrontational approach.

Elsewhere in her remarks, Sturgeon talked about the Scottish referendum, saying her government was making preparations to give the Scots “the choice of becoming an independent country.”

The SNP leader said Scotland "wants to continue to be a European country, right at the heart of the European family of nations," adding that the decision was a fact that the Scots demonstrated in the EU referendum and EU Parliamentary elections.

"The party I lead, as you might expect, voted for revoking Article 50, and also for holding a second referendum – repeating our strong preference to remain in the EU. However we also voted for the proposal that – should remaining in the EU not prove possible – the UK should stay in the single market and customs union," Sturgeon said.

"It reflects a proposal we suggested some two years earlier...It is in many ways the logical compromise solution, given the narrowness of the leave majority across the whole of the UK," she underlined.

People in Scotland rejected the independence bid in a referendum held in 2014 but they voted to remain in the 28-member bloc in the 2016 Brexit referendum in which, England and Wales voted to leave.

British government has strongly resisted calls for a fresh referendum on Scottish independence, saying the 2014 referendum settled the issue for a generation.

Three years after a referendum on Brexit, Britain still does not know whether it could leave the block in an orderly manner at the end of October.

Government estimates suggest a no-deal Brexit would cause the British economy to shrink by about 10 percent.