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by Tom Freeman
23 January 2019
Nicola Sturgeon in London for face-to-face with Theresa May

Image credit: FM's office

Nicola Sturgeon in London for face-to-face with Theresa May

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is in London today to discuss Brexit with the Prime Minister Theresa May.

The meeting follows a pledge by the Prime Minister to give the devolved governments an “enhanced role” in trying to reach an agreement on how the UK should leave the European Union.

The UK is due to leave the EU on the 29th March but MPs have failed to agree the circumstances, overwhelmingly rejected the deal May struck with EU leaders.

May has set up meetings with opposition MPs, trade unions and devolved administrations but appears to have refused to budge on any of her ‘red lines’ which were rejected by MPs.

Sturgeon said she was “not going into the meeting with high expectations”.

“Fair to say we’ve had empty and undelivered promises like this for two and half years now - will be interested to hear what’s going to be different now, but experience tells me to be very sceptical,” she said yesterday.

May has ruled out a second referendum on Brexit, warning it would "set a difficult precedent that could have significant implications for how we handle referendums in this country, not least by strengthening the hand of those campaigning to break up our United Kingdom".

SNP MP Douglas Chapman tweeted this morning that Downing Street had cancelled today’s meeting with the First Minister.

He said: "Meetings between the PM and @NicolaSturgeon have been cancelled today, so it means no enhanced role for Scotland and it’s back to disrespect agenda."

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