Nicola Sturgeon says Scotland intends to remain in European Union

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 11:31 GMT, Jun 29, 2016 |

Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish First Minister, said on Wednesday (June 29) after visiting to Brussels that Scotland was intent on remaining in the European Union, despite last week’s British vote to quit the bloc.

After meeting European Parliament President Martin Schulz, the pro-independence leader told reporters: “We are at an early, very early stage of this process and I’ll set out very clearly Scotland’s desire to protect her relationship with the European Union. I don’t want to underestimate the challenges that lie ahead for us in seeking to find a path; this is very much an initial meeting of a series of meetings in Brussels today so that people understand that Scotland, unlike other parts of the United Kingdom, does not want to leave the European Union. But it is very much an introductory meeting and I was grateful to the President (Schulz) for agreeing to see me this morning.”

Schulz said he had “listened and learned”. The pro-independence Scottish leader schedules to meet the head of the EU executive, European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker later in the day.