NICOLA STURGEON was pleased to have the opportunity to visit the European Parliament in Brussels to explain her view on why Scotland should be allowed to seek to remain within the EU despite the results of the UK referendum.
Whilst she was received politely by both European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and European Parliament President Martin Schulz, she was not welcomed by European Council president Donald Tusk who indicated that a meeting would not be appropriate.
The President of France, Francois Hollande indicated that he was opposed to the EU making any advance deal with Scotland whilst unsurprisingly on account of both the Catalan situation and the fact that Ms Sturgeon has been talking to Gibraltar, interim Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said that he wanted to make it “very clear Scotland does not have the competence to negotiate with the European Union.”
He went on to say “Spain opposes any negotiation by anyone other than the government of United Kingdom.”
“I am extremely against it, the treaties are extremely against it and I believe everyone is extremely against it. If the United Kingdom leaves Scotland leaves.”
At the end of her visit, Ms Sturgeon said she had received a “sympathetic response” to the position Scotland found itself in, having voted to remain in the EU while the UK voted as a whole to leave.
She said: “I have not been here today to reach any conclusions or to press anybody for any decisions or any commitments. I have been here to make sure that Scotland’s voice is being heard and that Scotland’s position is understood. I am confident that is the case, I found doors to be open here today.”