The Option That Offers Scotland the Greatest Certainty, Stability and the Maximum Control over Our Destiny. INDEPENDENCE; POLITICS SNP LEADER SLAMS CHAOS THAT FOLLOWED VOTE TO QUIT EU - Says First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

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The Option That Offers Scotland the Greatest Certainty, Stability and the Maximum Control over Our Destiny. INDEPENDENCE; POLITICS SNP LEADER SLAMS CHAOS THAT FOLLOWED VOTE TO QUIT EU - Says First Minister Nicola Sturgeon


Byline: DAVID CLEGG Politcial Editor

INDEPENDENCE could offer Scotland "certainty and stability" while the UK endures years of Brexit vote chaos, Nicola Sturgeon claimed yesterday.

The First Minister fast-tracked a second indyref by insisting the barriers to protecting the nation's interests while remaining part of the UK are "substantial".

And she slammed the lack of leadership at a UK level in the aftermath of the vote to leave the EU as "one of the most shameful abdications of responsibility in modern political history".

Sturgeon used a speech in Edinburgh to give her first analysis of the post-Brexit political landscape to business leaders, charities and public-sector organisations.

She claimed the UK appears to be heading for a hard rather than a soft Brexit, meaning it could be left with only limited access to the single market and significant restrictions on free movement of people.

And the SNP leader warned efforts to keep the UK economy competitive outside the EU could spark a race to the bottom which would have devastating consequences for workers' rights.

Sturgeon said: "I don't pretend that the option of independence would be straightforward. It would bring its own challenges - as well as opportunities.

"But consider this: the UK that we voted to stay part of in 2014 - a UK within the EU - is fundamentally changing. The outlook for the UK is uncertainty, upheaval and unpredictability.

"In these circumstances, it may well be that the option that offers us the greatest certainty, stability and the maximum control over our destiny, is that of independence."

Concerns about the economics of an independent Scotland, and particularly what currency it would use, are widely thought to have helped deliver the No side's victory in 2014.

And Sturgeon insisted she was still determined to explore options to maintain Scotland's EU membership while remaining a part of the UK.

She said: "That means the nations that voted to leave can start figuring out what Brexit actually does mean - while others, like Scotland, can focus on how to retain ties and keep open channels we do not want to dismantle. …

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