Scotland seeks own Brexit backstop plan


Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the Scottish National Party’s conference in Glasgow on Monday.

ReutersGLASGOW (Reuters) — Scotland should have its own version of the Brexit “backstop” plan that the European Union and United Kingdom are trying to agree to for the Irish border, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Monday.

The backstop that seeks to find a way to avoid checks on the border between Northern Ireland and EU state Ireland if there is no overall exit deal for Britain has become the biggest sticking point in negotiations between London and Brussels.

Speaking at her Scottish National Party (SNP) conference in Glasgow, Sturgeon said such an arrangement would put Scotland at a disadvantage to Northern Ireland, a comment underlining strains between the United Kingdom’s four nations over the Brexit vote.Speech

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