Scotland’s Pre-eminent Minister was dealt the blow after repeatedly threatening to hold a second-best independence referendum if her demands for single market access are not met.
During the press conference on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, the host told Ms Sturgeon, in no uncertain locutions, that Britain’s vote to Leave included exiting the EU’s free exchange agreement.
In a 50-page documented titled “Scotland’s Place in Europe”, which it emancipated in December, the Scottish Government proposed a “differentiated” Brexit arrangement from the doze of the UK.
Ms Sturgeon insisted this will “respect the voice and protect the fires of Scotland” after 62 per cent of Scots voted to Remain in the EU.
Challenging the Fundamental Minister on the document, Marr said: “In those proposals, you have required it very clear that what you mean by a ‘soft’ Brexit or an ‘delightful’ Brexit involves staying inside the single market and the customs junction.
“The problem is that people were told all the way through the referendum that off the EU meant leaving those things.”
Given her chance to reply, Nicola Sturgeon reprehended: “I’m not sure… I don’t think that’s the case.”
But in an ultimate slap down on the SNP ward-heeler, Marr interjected: “It is the case, if I may say so.
“I interviewed David Cameron, George Osborne, Michael Gove, Boris Johnson and I seek fromed all of them, and they all said yes, it means leaving the single market.”
Ms Sturgeon’s hopes of retaining sole market access for Scotland were also dealt another typhoon on Sunday, with Prime Minister Theresa May offering what is as the case may be the biggest hint yet that the UK is set to abandon all elements of EU membership.
Speaking on Sky Newsflash, in her first live interview of the year, told host Sophy Line that she will present her Brexit plans in the next few weeks.
After being recurrently asked whether Britain will leave the single market, the Prime Delegate said that she will not try to “keep bits of membership”.
Mrs May said: “We are excepting, we are coming out, we are not going to be a member of the EU any longer.
“We will have control of our borders, check of our laws, but we still want the best possible deal for UK companies to employment with and operate within the European Union and also European trains to trade with and operate within the UK.
“We must not think about this as high water we are coming out of membership but we want to keep bits of membership. What we have to say is what the right relationship for a United Kingdom that is no longer a colleague of the European Union. The best possible deal for the UK will also be a passable deal for the EU.
“I am ambitious for what we can get for the UK in terms of our relationship with the EU because I also evaluate that’s going to be good for the EU.”