Scotland's First Minister and Leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Nicola Sturgeon | Andy Buchanan/AFP via Getty Images
Johnson, Gove or Raab as PM is ‘horrific’ prospect, Sturgeon says
On visit to Brussels, first minister says Scotland wants to remain in ‘European family of nations.’
By Andrew Gray
Updated 6/11/19, 11:08 PM CET
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon attacked top Tory leadership candidates on Tuesday, saying they are to blame for “the mess that the U.K. is in” over Brexit and the idea of them becoming prime minister is “pretty horrific.”
Sturgeon made the remarks in Brussels, where she met senior EU officials, including Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, and stressed Scotland wants to remain as closely aligned with the EU as possible.
In an interview with POLITICO, Sturgeon branded the Tory leadership contest “a real horror show.” She said she does not have a favorite among the candidates, adding: “I think they would all be pretty disastrous.”
“There are some of them that look more likely to emerge as winners than others and unfortunately they are all on the harder edge of the Brexit debate. People like Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab, Michael Gove — these are all people who are largely responsible for the mess that the U.K. is in right now,” Sturgeon said.
“The prospect of any of them being prime minister is pretty horrific.”
If the next prime minister is willing to take the U.K. out of the EU without a deal, Sturgeon said she would not rule out accelerating legislation in the Scottish Parliament to prepare for a second referendum on Scottish independence.