Nicola Sturgeon says Brexit a 'developing disaster'

Nicola Sturgeon says Brexit a 'developing disaster'

Nicola Sturgeon says Brexit a 'developing disaster'

"The consequences are so dire, that people may have the right to look at the outcome", she told Radio 4's Today programme.

Ms Sturgeon then invited Mr Rennie to meeting with Scottish Brexit Secretary Michael Russell to "discuss your proposals for a second referendum".

Her party backed off on the offer of a new Scottish independence referendum this summer after her party lost electoral support in Britain's June national election.

"The sense of the uncertainty of Brexit is such that setting a date now for a referendum is not the right time for doing that so I will not consider the timing again until there is more clarity on Brexit", Sturgeon told BBC News.

Nicola Sturgeon has said a second European Union referendum may become "irresistible" to the British public if the Brexit negotiations result in no deal.

"I think United Kingdom -wide there may well be a clamor of opinion" in support of giving the people a vote on the final terms of the deal, she said.

The independence issue will not be debated by delegates at the SNP conference - although it is expected to feature prominently in Ms Sturgeon's speech.

But she added: "That doesn't mean we shouldn't make the case for independence, build that case and strengthen that case".

She added: "The case for independence doesn't rest of Brexit, you don't have to be against Brexit to support Scottish independence but what it is is a really stark illustration of what can happen to a country when we don't take the big decisions over our future ourselves and instead we let them be taken elsewhere".

Nicola Sturgeon has offered to pay the residency fees for European Union citizens who now work in the Scottish public sector, in a bid to reinforce her government's anti-Brexit credentials.

"I think the case for Scotland's future in Scotland's hands [.] is becoming greater and stronger by the day". We will pay that for workers in the public sector'.

Ms Sturgeon has not said whether she would recognise an independent Catalonia, should its government declare independence following the recent disputed referendum, but has called for talks to be held between the two sides to find a peaceful solution.

This year's SNP conference opens in Glasgow on Sunday afternoon with a speech from deputy first minister John Swinney against a background of mounting political and financial problems for Sturgeon's government.

Sturgeon also urged the Spanish government to negotiate a deal with the Catalans to allow a proper vote on independence.

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