EDINBURGH Dec 20 Scotland wants to stay in the
European Union's single market after the United Kingdom leaves
the bloc and will push for more powers to protect its interests,
the head of its pro-independence government said on Tuesday.
"We are determined to maintain Scotland's current position
in the European single market," First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
said in a paper setting out Scotland's views about Brexit.
Sturgeon said the option of independence, which Scots
rejected in 2014, had to remain on the table and that she wanted
to remain a full member of the EU.
"The option of independence must remain on the table,"
Sturgeon said in a speech about Brexit. "Brexit is a problem not
of Scotland's making."
Scotland, she said, needed a fundamental review of its
devolution settlement and that powers over immigration were
vital to protect Scotland's interests.
"Scotland's interests within the UK demand that the powers
of the Scottish Parliament be fundamentally revisited," she said
in a foreword to her Brexit proposals entitled "Scotland's Place
(Writing by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Sarah Young)