Calum Kerr on Scotland in Europe Report

Today Nicola Sturgeon launched our plan to keep Scotland in the European Single Market. Unlike the UK Government, we're making our position on Brexit clear: our case for doing so is coherent, positive and forward looking.

This is about setting out a path that will resolve the current democratic dilemma Scotland faces. It is not about independence. That’s an argument for another day.

These proposals have been put forward in good faith and in line with remarks made by politicians of all stripes: that the UK is an equal partnership of nations. It seeks a middle way that respects the democratically expressed will of the Scottish people when they rejected Brexit, in a manner that I hope unionists and nationalists alike can get behind.

These proposals have been put forward in good faith and in line with remarks made by politicians of all stripes: that the UK is an equal partnership of nations. It seeks a middle way that respects the democratically expressed will of the Scottish people when they rejected Brexit, in a manner that I hope unionists and nationalists alike can get behind

This is a serious moment that calls for a mature debate. We want the UK to stay in the single market and we want Scotland to stay in the single market. These are credible and detailed plans to safeguard our prosperity and the numerous vital links that we have with Europe.

This move shows leadership on the part of Nicola Sturgeon that is sorely lacking elsewhere. No state has left the European Union before, so everything about Brexit is entirely unprecedented. It’s time to take the initiative and move the debate on from the tired soundbites of a directionless Tory government.

I'm prepared to work with people from all parties and none to build a consensus around this aim.

http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0051/00512073.pdf