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Scotland's First Minister travels to Brussels

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By Catherine Hardy
Scotland's First Minister travels to Brussels

UK Prime Minister David Cameron may have gone back to London, but Scotland’s First Minister is in Brussels on a short-notice trip.

Nicola Sturgeon has met the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz.

She says Scotland is intent on remaining in the EU, despite the result of last week’s UK referendum.

“We are at a very early stage of this process. I have set out very clearly Scotland’s desire to protect our relationship with the European Union.”

“I don’t underestimate the challenges that lie ahead for us in seeking to find a path and this is very much an initial meeting, a series of meetings in Brussels today, so that people understand that Scotland, unlike other parts of the United Kingdom, doesn’t want to leave the European Union.”

“But it was very much an introductory meeting and I was very grateful to the president for agreeing to see me this morning.”

Sturgeon and Schulz discussed the options a breakaway Scotland might have to remain in the EU once the UK has completed its Brexit.

A meeting with EU Commission President Jean Claude Juncker is also planned.

There are no plans for Sturgeon to meet with representatives of the European Council on the fringes of its informal meeting.