May doesn't have a clue says Scotland's first minister

PUBLISHED: 16:23 27 January 2019 | UPDATED: 16:23 27 January 2019

Nicola Sturgeon on Andrew Marr 27/01

Nicola Sturgeon on Andrew Marr 27/01

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Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has accused PM Theresa May and her government of being "in complete denial" over further negotiations with the EU.

The First Minister, who wants to see a second referendum on staying in the EU, said May is too busy trying to convince the Brexit hard liners to back her deal she’s making promises she can’t keep about removing the Irish backstop – despite the EU and Ireland’s assurances that the backstop is not up for negotiation.

Scotland, which voted to stay in the EU, has been “dragged out” against its will and a campaign for second referendum for Scottish independence may follow any no deal exit from the EU.

“I think Article 50 should be delayed,” she said on BBC’s Andrew Marr Show. She confirmed that the SNP will vote with Yvette Cooper’s motion to delay leaving the EU to avoid a no deal but went on to accuse Labour of being a blockage with no clear position on their Brexit plan.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn remained “on the fence” on a second referendum after he failed to get a General Election. “It’s inexplicable that the Labour leader cannot give a position on Brexit in a general election,” she said.

Decision for a call on a second Scottish independence referendum will follow “once we know what directions this is going in.

“I don’t want Scotland to be dragged out of the EU against our will.”

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