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Nicola Sturgeon: Scottish nationalists will never back Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal

Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister of Scotland | Hayoung Jeon/EPA

Nicola Sturgeon: Scottish nationalists will never back Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal

Such an agreement would not be much better than a no-deal scenario, first minister says.

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10/15/19, 5:12 PM CET

Updated 10/15/19, 5:13 PM CET

LONDON — The Scottish National Party will never back a Withdrawal Agreement that takes Scotland out of the European Union’s single market and customs union, Nicola Sturgeon said.

In a keynote address to the SNP conference in Aberdeen today, the Scottish first minister said a no-deal Brexit would be “unthinkable” but added that “a deal of the type Boris Johnson is proposing would not be much better.”

“His plans would take Scotland out of the EU, out of the single market and out of the customs union. Let me make this absolutely clear today, SNP MPs will not vote for that — not now, not ever.”

Sturgeon added that if the Northern Ireland Assembly is given an opportunity to vote on the arrangements for its border with the Republic of Ireland, Scotland would be the only nation in the U.K. leaving the EU without having voted for that outcome.

“If there is to be a deal, it seems inevitable that it will include a process to allow Northern Ireland to decide if and for how long it will stay aligned to the single market and customs union. And that’s exactly as it should be. But think about what that will mean. Wales will have voted to leave. England will have voted to leave.

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