Nicola Sturgeon has insisted that a hard Brexit would amount to the UK government breaking the promises it made during the Scottish referendum, and that such a departure from the EU would lead to another poll on independence. The first minister of Scotland said that in the coming months she would seek “new powers to help keep Scotland in the single market, even if the UK leaves”, as she gave her keynote speech at the annual SNP conference in Glasgow on Saturday. In defiance of Theresa May’s stated intention to stand in the way of a second referendum, Sturgeon said: “If the Tory government rejects these efforts, if it insists on taking Scotland down a path that hurts our economy, costs jobs, lowers our living standards and damages our reputation as an open, welcoming, diverse country, then be in no doubt Scotland must have the ability to choose a better future. “And I will make sure that Scotland gets that chance. And let us be clear about this, too. If that moment does arise, it will not be because the 2014 result hasn’t been respected. It will be because the promises made to Scotland in 2014 have been broken.” Sturgeon’s… Read full this story
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