Four months after the UK citizens voted to leave the EU , Nicola #sturgeon, Scottish First Minister, is trying to limit all possible damages that could afflict to the Scottish economy. The harsh #Brexit critic Sturgeon just declared her plans to strengthen #scotland’s trade links with the EU, which would include setting up a trade hub in Berlin, along with new trade staff.

Brexit and the eurosceptics

Furthermore, she makes no secret of her distrust of Boris Johnson’s and Liam Fox’ Euroscpetic politics. “They are retreating to the fringes of Europe; we intend to stay at its very heart where Scotland belongs”, Sturgeon said. She also underlines that it’s important for Scotland to stay within the single market even if the UK leaves. But, in case “the Tory government rejects these efforts, (...) then in no doubt Scotland must have the ability to choose another future.”

Plain spoken, Sturgeon makes the case for another possible referendum. At the Scottish National Party conference on the 13th of October she repeated her pledge to call a second independence referendum if the UK would be pushed towards a hard Brexit by Johnson & Co.. Good trade relations with the EU seem for Sturgeon’s Scotland to be more important than remaining in the UK. Although it has to be said that in Sturgeon’s opinion a good collaboration with London regarding remaining trade links to the EU after the Brexit would be preferable to a second Scottish independence referendum.

Nicola Sturgen's view on hard Brexit

In addition to it, the leader of the Scottish National Party accuses the Tory Party, which “intends a hard Brexit”, of causing “insecurity and uncertainty”. In this connection she refers as well to the lives and the education of the country’s children. Sturgeon declared that she had been spending some time with young people who have grown up in care. And the stories she had been told moved her deeply and made her understand that the children are the future of the country.

The second topic that is connected with the Tory’s politics of fanning fear is the emerging xenophobia in the UK. It is highly risky for a society to fan the people’s fear of foreigners and migrants. The Scottish way should be committed to politics of “inclusion” not of “exclusion”, she said.