Sturgeon outlines role in Europe


Scotland’s Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has written to EU foreign ministers outlining the role of Scotland within Europe as a “constructive member” and her opposition to David Cameron’s in/out referendum.

In the letter, Ms Sturgeon highlighted the importance of the European market to Scotland’s economy.

She said: “The ability to trade within a single market of 500 million citizens is a central aspect of our strategy to stimulate growth by increasing international trade.

“The European Union continues to be Scotland’s top overseas export destination, our exports to the EU are up by around 15% to over £11 billion according to figures released this week.”

The letter also set out Ms Sturgeon’s intent for Scotland to work together with the rest of Europe on social and environmental issues for EU residents as well as in a global context.

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