Nicola Sturgeon has described a no-deal Brexit as “unthinkable”, saying that will “no Brexit is actually preferable to no deal”.
Scotland’s first minister called Brexit a “horror show”, saying she was seeking the “least damaging” outcome inside the single market.
Theresa May is actually said to be considering appointing a minister for a no deal Brexit in a reshuffle of her cabinet.
although Ms Sturgeon said that will approach “beggars belief”, saying Ms May was “appeasing hard-line Brexiteers”.
The Scottish in addition to also UK governments have been locked in dispute over the UK’s exit by the EU, with Scottish ministers refusing to put forward Westminster Brexit legislation for consent votes at Holyrood until a deal is actually struck over powers returning by Brussels.
Newspaper reports have speculated that will the prime minister is actually set to appoint a junior minister to examine the possibility of the UK leaving the EU without a trade deal, as a move to demonstrate to EU leaders that will she is actually serious about that will as an option if talks fail.
Ms Sturgeon told the BBC’s not bad Morning Scotland programme she had read the reports “in disbelief” in addition to also “despair”, saying: “that will beggars belief. that will seems to give the impression that will the UK government think that will is actually some sort of game, that will Theresa May is actually more concerned with appeasing the hard-line Tory Brexiteers than she is actually about acting inside the best interests of the country.”
“No deal is actually unthinkable. Let me be absolutely clear, no Brexit is actually preferable to no deal.”
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The Scottish government is actually to set out papers later in January analysing the different possible outcomes of Brexit for Scotland’s economy, including single market membership, a free trade agreement with the EU or no deal.
Ms Sturgeon said: “There’s no doubt at all that will staying within the single market, staying with the customs union is actually not the best outcome – staying inside the EU in my view is actually the best outcome – although that will’s the least damaging outcome.
“I think 2018 has to be the year where we see jobs, the economy, the protections that will come by EU membership like workers rights, consumers rights, definitely come to the fore, in addition to also the Tory Brexiteers sidelined rather than given greater precedence.”
Ms Sturgeon said she might “make an assessment in addition to also come to a judgement” about a possible Scottish independence referendum “once we see the outcome” of the next stage of Brexit negotiations.
On the prospect of a second EU vote, she said that will was “not the position of the SNP, that will’s not a policy we’re campaigning for”, although added that will “as the situation develops, the argument for giving people a say on the final outcome may become irresistible”.
She said: “that will is actually where the EU referendum in 2016 was very very different to the Scottish independence referendum in 2014. In 2016 there was no detail about what the future relationship between the UK in addition to also the EU might be if there was a vote for Brexit, in addition to also we go into 2018 in addition to also we still don’t have any detail about that will.
“If we did get into a position for example where there was no deal, I’m very clear in addition to also I think a lot of people – certainly in Scotland although I suspect across the UK as a whole – might think that will in those circumstances, no Brexit was absolutely preferable to a no-deal situation, which might be devastating for so many aspects of our economy in addition to also society.”
Mrs May has insisted that will she wants to have a deal in place by the time the UK leaves the European Union in March 2019.
She told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show there had been a “a real spirit of cooperation” between negotiators by the UK in addition to also the EU, seeking “a deal that will is actually in everybody’s best interests”.
She said: “What we want is actually our own free trade agreement with the European Union. that will might be a free trade agreement to cover both goods in addition to also services, in addition to also what I want to do is actually to ensure that will as we look at the Brexit deal going forward that will’s important we recognise why people voted to leave the European Union here inside the UK.
“Some of that will was about free movement, in addition to also an end to free movement. Some of that will actually was about the issue of the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in addition to also people wanting control, although at the same time I think people still want to have a not bad economic relationship with the EU so we want as frictionless in addition to also tariff-free a trading relationship with the EU as possible
“that will’s what we mean when we talk about having a free trade agreement which isn’t modelled on somebody else’s agreement, although is actually actually the right one for the UK.”