Nicola Sturgeon calls for 'special' Brexit deals

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 8, 2017

The veteran left-winger is a reluctant remainer, who has opposed the European Union for much of his time in Parliament, and in leadership he has been vague over what his party position on leaving Europe is, calling only for a "jobs first Brexit".

Drew Hendry spoke to our presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer after it emerged that Prime Minister Theresa May wanted Northern Ireland to remain inside the single market and customs union when Britain breaks from the EU.

Labour's Lewis Macdonald said, however, that "it would be a mistake to use the chaos of Theresa May's failed deal on Northern Ireland yesterday simply to push for a differential deal here too". Northern Ireland must leave the European Union on the same terms as the rest of the United Kingdom.

However Downing Street sources have sounded a note of caution, suggesting there are "still moving parts" over the deal.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said Scotland should be allowed to "effectively stay in the single market" following reports that Northern Ireland and the Republic could maintain regulatory alignment after Brexit.

Ms Sturgeon posted on Twitter: "If one part of United Kingdom can retain regulatory alignment with European Union and effectively stay in the single market (which is the right solution for Northern Ireland) there is surely no good practical reason why others can't".

She said: "The UK government appears to be accepting that parts of the UK can effectively stay within the single market".

Scotland's Nicola Sturgeon Twitted that there is "no good practical reason" why Scotland can not be granted a similar status to Northern Ireland.

The UK Government maintains it will not join either the single market or the customs union after withdrawing from the EU.

Her government's, which was published in December 2016, argued that Scotland could stay in the single market through the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and the European Economic Area (EEA). "Scotland's interests demand continued single market membership".

He stressed that the United Kingdom government wanted to achieve "the freest and most frictionless trade with the EU" while "maintaining the deeply integrated trade and economic relationship with the EU". He added that "businesses could face a confusing mix of regulatory regimes".

A leaked draft of plans for the Irish border after Brexit showed British and Irish officials had agreed proposals that would effectively keep Northern Ireland in both the single market and customs union after Brexit by retaining EU regulations - unlike the rest of the UK.

Hopes of a deal on the key issue had been dashed when the Democratic Unionist Party - which props up the minority Conservative Government in Westminster - made clear it would not accept any arrangement which saw Northern Ireland treated differently from the rest of the UK.

Mrs May said that while progress had been made in talks, "on a couple of issues some differences do remain which require further negotiation and consultation". The Commission president added: "This is not a failure, this is the start of the very last round".

"We have been very clear".

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