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Scotland needs choice on independence at end of Brexit: Sturgeon

Scotland needs choice on independence at end of Brexit: Sturgeon”

Nicola Sturgeon has admitted the Scottish Government's record is "not perfect" and said there was more work to be done as she marked a decade of the SNP in power.

She will say it is more vital than ever to have strong SNP voices "standing up for Scotland".

Scotland's First Minister made it clear that the general election would be the main focus for her party (SNP) and that she hopes it will give Scotland a "stronger voice" in formulating Brexit terms, and eventually, demanding another independence referendum.

It is her clearest indication yet that if Scotland is already out of the European Union, the SNP would initially seek Norway-style membership of the single market through EFTA and the EEA.

Labour claimed that the SNP's approach to the currency was "a shambles" while the Conservatives said Ms Sturgeon's remarks showed that she was "flimsy and insincere" on the most important of questions.

"It may be that we have a phased approach to that by necessity".

The First Minister also defended her decision to pursue a second independence referendum earlier this and said students concerned about independence should still vote for the SNP.

She explained: "Because we as the Scottish government, the SNP, are not in charge of the Brexit process right now we don't know exactly what that is going to be like, how that is going to unfold".

A "meltdown" in the Labour Party means Scottish voters must vote SNP to rein in an "unfettered, out-of-control" Tory government, Nicola Sturgeon believes.

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She told activists in South Queensferry, outside Edinburgh: 'Labour launched its own manifesto this morning, and numerous policies in Labour's manifesto will seem very familiar'.

The Scottish National Party (SNP) leader was visiting the University of St Andrews with Stephen Gethins, the party's spokesperson on Europe and MP for North East Fife, who is seeking to be returned at next month's general election on 8 June.

"My position is I want Scotland to be in the EU".

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said people were "getting exhausted of the SNP and all their promises".

Nicola Sturgeon confirmed the possibility during an interview with BBC Radio Scotland.

"When we come to an independence referendum, if we come to an independence referendum, these issues will be subject to the greatest of scrutiny".

The First Minister added that she was proud of her government's commitment to progressive politics.

Sturgeon was also pressed hard by Marr on recent data showing a continued decline in reading and writing standards among Scottish school pupils, after a Scottish government study found about one in six 13- to 14-year-olds was functionally illiterate - double the rate in 2012.

Ms Dugdale said that while the SNP "has done nothing to stop austerity", Labour's proposals would redistribute wealth across the UK.

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