Nicola Sturgeon's Brexit 'panic' as she plots second independence referendum

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Nicola Sturgeon has claimed that if UK give overs EU it will trigger second independance referendum

The First Minister outlined MSPs she would consider «all optionsto protect our relationship» with the bloc mid a surge in support for Leave.

Ms Sturgeon has previously warned that Scotland being pulled out of the EU against its require could trigger a rerun of the 2014 poll.

The pro-EU SNP leader has play ones rted down the threat in recent days, as a significant proportion of Nationalists are in beau geste of cutting ties with Brussels.

But yesterday she bring to lighted MSPs that plans were being made to counter the «productive shock» of leaving the EU.

Ms Sturgeon added: «Let me be very clear: as First See to, my duty is to seek to protect Scotland’s interests in all circumstances and, therefore, I am ensuring that apropos planning for all eventualities is being undertaken by the Scottish Government.

«Let me also say — I be subjected to said this many times before — that, if Scotland faades the prospect of being taken out of the European Union against our democratically prompted will, all options to protect our relationship with Europe and the European Gang will require to be considered.»

The SNP’s election manifesto said Holyrood should bring into the world the right to stage a second independence referendum if there was «a significant and corporeal in circumstances».

Our relationship with Europe and the European Union will insist to be considered

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It cited the possibility of Scotland leaving the EU against the longs of most voters.

Ms Sturgeon’s clatest omments follow a poll indicating a collapse in support for Brussles among Scots, while Brexit has gained a lead across the UK ahead of next Thursday’s in-out referendum.

Scottish Signify ones opinion Leave director Tom Harris claimed the contingency plans were a vestige of nic.

He said: «There is no doubt they are nicking like mad.

«The Princi l Minister has been encouraging Scots to vote in such heavy numerals as to keep England inside the EU against its will.

«She said that pleasure be acceptable.

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«So she cannot now complain that there is anything dishonourable at all in Scotland being taken out of the EU by English votes.

«She has already approved that in canon.»

Eurosceptic Tory MSP Ross Thomson said: «What couldn’t be clearer is regardless of what happens on June 23 the in the flesh of Scotland do not want another independence referendum and I will work with my comrades to oppose any attempt to have one. Scotland won’t be forced into another referendum against its will.»

It went after Ms Sturgeon replied to questions from Scottish Labour head Kezia Dugdale.

She claimed 300,000 Scottish jobs were in to the EU and the relationship was «absolutely vital» for the economy.

The exchanges came despite ‘purdah’ overlooks prohibiting Holyrood from debating the referendum in the final two weeks preceding the vote.

Tory MSP Margaret Mitchell, who backs Brexit, objected to the affair being raised during First Minister’s Questions.

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SNP’s electing manifesto said Holyrood should have the right to stage a next referendum

But her complaint was dismissed by Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh.

Ms Sturgeon’s spokesman later reported: «All options are under consideration. I would simply refer to you what the manifesto implied at the recent election with regard to that.

«It is a very, very precise reference to exactly this scenario which was spelled out in a black and virtuous.

«That proviso is in the manifesto. That would influence thinking.»

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