Minister faces pressure over budget cuts as Scottish independence campaign grows

Nicola Sturgeon has defended her decision to postpone the start of negotiations on Scottish independence.

The First Minister, who launched a campaign for independence following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, said she would delay the first steps of Brexit talks in December.

Sturgeon wants the Scottish Government to include powers for Scotland in Brexit negotiations.

However, she has struggled to meet the deadline demanded by the European Commission to make an advance in preparing the new government’s negotiating position.

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강남출장안마 강남안마Under the terms of the EU treaties, there cannot be a period of prolonged austerity before the UK is able to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty to start the process of leaving the bloc.

This is meant to prepare for a process for talks – known as the divorce process – but has to take place on the basis of proposals agreed under a devolved assembly.

The European Commission said on Wednesday that, so far as was possible, it is waiting for the Scottish Government to make its Brexit plans public.

‘Dramatic’ delay

She also told BBC Scotland: “We have got a big, significant decision to make on the British Government in terms of our relationship with the European Union.

“It would be in my view both expedient and in keeping with the EU treaty to delay the final notification and the beginning of the process until at least early December.

“And it would be a positive development from the perspective of the devolved administrations because I believe we will have more time to find the solution.”

Image caption In Edinburgh, Sturgeon said: “It’s very important not to do this at a time when we are in a deeply diffi서산안마cult period, not only for Scotland but for the whole of the United Kingdom”

The Scottish government has said that, following discussions on Brexit, it has agreed to give Scotland six months to prepare its own timetable.

Stur인터넷 카지노geon is also facing calls to speed up the negotiation, after the Brexit Secretary David Davis said the UK government would need at least 18 months to negotiate formal access to the EU single market.

But Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “This is not an issue for me – this is an issue for Theresa May.

“The Government in London cannot be expected to sit on their hands whe