We consider that the process to exit the EU would require Holyrood’s legislative consent, and we cannot foresee circumstances in which the Scottish Parliament would give that. The Scottish Parliament has already voted to refuse consent to the UK Government’s Brexit bill.
The SNP’s focus is on protecting Scotland’s interests and democratically expressed will to remain in EU – not frustrating England’s will to leave – it would be for Westminster to deal with consequences of this situation.
Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP continue to be focused on navigating through these difficult circumstances, and exploring all possible avenues to secure Scotland’s continued place in the EU. And if it becomes clear that the best or only way of doing that is by being an independent member, the First Minister has made clear that the option of an independence referendum is on the table.