About: Nicola Sturgeon

Brexit 29-08-2019

Johnson sparks fury in UK after suspension of parliament, EU stays cool

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sparked fury among pro-Europeans and MPs opposed to a no-deal Brexit by forcing the suspension of parliament weeks before Britain's EU departure date.
Brexit 23-07-2019

Sturgeon: Scotland has “profound concerns” about new UK PM Johnson

The appointment of Boris Johnson as the United Kingdom's prime minister has sparked worry in Scotland, with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon saying she has "profound concerns about the prospect of his premiership."
Brexit 11-06-2019

Sturgeon: Hard Brexit makes Scottish independence ‘more urgent’

The scenario of a hard Brexit would "increase the likelihood of Scotland becoming independent," Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview. Her comments come as hard and soft Brexit Conservatives start jockeying for position in the race for the vacant UK prime minister role.
EU Elections 2019 09-05-2019

Labour will ‘unite divided UK’, Corbyn vows

Jeremy Corbyn has insisted that Labour is the only one seeking to unite a divided UK as he launched the party’s European elections campaign on Thursday (9 May). But he again sat on the fence on a second referendum on Brexit.
Climate change 30-04-2019

Scotland and Wales declare climate emergencies

The devolved Scottish and Welsh parliaments have separately declared climate emergencies, citing the threats of climate change, just as Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party is expected to push Westminster to do the same for the whole of the UK.
Brexit 24-04-2019

Sturgeon blames Brexit chaos as she proposes second Scottish independence poll

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon set out her timetable for a second independence referendum by May 2021 on Wednesday (24 April), blaming Brexit chaos for having “exposed  a deep democratic deficit at the heart of how Scotland is governed”.
Brexit 16-01-2019

Tusk hints at Brexit cancellation, as UK government faces crisis

The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, has hinted that the UK should consider staying in the European Union after Prime Minister May's Conservative government experienced a calamitous defeat in the House of Commons on her Brexit deal last night (15 January).
Brexit 03-09-2018

Brexit: The case for Scottish independence

Britain's exit from the EU could tempt Scots to vote to sever ties with the United Kingdom in a second independence referendum, an opinion poll showed on Sunday (2 September).
Brexit 07-08-2018

May to meet Scotland’s Sturgeon after Brexit standoff

Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon accused the British government of "talking-up" a no-deal Brexit, making it more likely the UK will just drop out of the European Union at great cost to the economy.

Putin predicts global ‘chaos’ if West hits Syria again

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Sunday (15 April) that further Western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs, as Washington prepared to increase pressure on Russia with new economic sanctions.
Brexit 23-01-2018

Resigned to Brexit, Scots push case for UK staying in single market

Scotland’s government thinks campaigns to halt Brexit have little chance but believes it can persuade British negotiators to try to stay in the European Union’s single market, a senior Scottish minister said on Monday (22 January).
Brexit 15-01-2018

A market that’s not on the menu

“If economic interests triumph, then we are looking at the EEA.” So said Norwegian political consultant Paal Frisvold of the UK’s future trade relations with the EU, addressing a EURACTIV event on the future of EU integration on Friday (12 January). And his view appears to be shared by the Scottish government.
Brexit 15-01-2018

Sturgeon sees ‘golden’ chance to argue for UK to remain in single market

Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon said on Sunday (14 January) there was a "golden opportunity" to argue for Britain to remain in the European single market after Brexit, as no-one had yet demonstrated the benefit of loosening trade ties with the EU.
Brexit 04-12-2017

Ireland ‘disappointed’ following Theresa May’s Brussels talks

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said he was "surprised and disappointed" on Monday (4 December) after Britain failed to agree to a draft deal with EU leaders on the status of the Irish border after Brexit.
Elections 02-10-2017

Eyes on EU as Catalonia leader threatens independence

Catalonia's leader, Carles Puigdemont, said the region won the right to break away from Spain, with his government claiming on Monday (2 October) that 90% of voters backed independence in a banned referendum marred by violent clashes.
Brexit 26-09-2017

‘We are Catalans’: Scots voice referendum solidarity

Sympathy with Catalonia's bid to hold an independence referendum next week is running high in Scotland, where lawmakers are increasingly vocal in condemning Spain's actions and a group of volunteers is heading out to help.
Brexit 22-08-2017

Scottish, Welsh government heads aim to stop ‘blatant power grab’ after Brexit

The heads of devolved governments in Scotland and Wales will meet on Tuesday (22 August) to try to set a common strategy to protect parliamentary powers which they say are under threat from Britain's plan to leave the European Union.
Brexit 28-06-2017

Scotland shies away from fresh independence vote

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Tuesday (27 June) put a pin in plans for a second independence referendum, after a British general election in which her secessionist party suffered major losses.
Elections 09-06-2017

UK election hangs in balance on disastrous night for May

Prime Minister Theresa May is fighting to hold on to her job today (9 June) as British voters denied her the stronger mandate she had sought to lead the country into divorce talks with the European Union.
Brexit 29-05-2017

Sturgeon: If SNP wins June election, PM May will have to grant independence vote

If the Scottish National Party wins the most seats in Scotland at the 8 June general election, Prime Minister Theresa May's refusal to agree to a second independence referendum will be unsustainable, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said yesterday (28 May).
Economy & Jobs 15-05-2017

Sturgeon: Scotland wants to be EU member, but doesn’t want the euro

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon yesterday (14 May) said she would want Scotland to be a European Union member but not adopt the euro if it ever became independent.
Elections 20-04-2017

Europhiles see chance of revival in Brexit election

According to analysts, voters could give Europhile politicians a boost in Britain's upcoming election but the effect will be limited and the prospect of a grand alliance to soften Brexit is improbable.
Brexit 10-04-2017

50 MPs, MEPs support fast-track EU membership for independent Scotland

A group of 50 European politicians have put their weight behind Scottish independence in an open letter calling for a “swift, smooth, and orderly” transition to full EU membership.
Brexit 03-04-2017

Scotland demands powers to bring in more migrants

As British PM Theresa May presses ahead with a hard Brexit and a retreat from the single market, Scotland said on Monday (3 April) that its distinct demographic trends require powers over immigration to support public services and the economy.

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