Scotland said it's realistic they will remain in the single market even if other bits of the UK quit
Ministers from the three countries met today in London, where Scotland are putting forward a plan of a “flexible” Brexit.
The scheme will take into account the wishes of different parts of the UK, with the aim of allowing individual countries the right to remain in the EU – even if other parts of Britain leave it.
Holyrood’s Brexit minister Mike Russell attended the meeting in London – but first blasted Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech on Tuesday.
He said Scotland was “meant to be involved in decisions, not being told what to do”.
The Scottish electorate voted strongly in favour of remaining in the EU
Mr Russell added it remained his first belief Scotland remaining in the single market was “still realistic” – regardless of what happened elsewhere in the United Kingdom.
He said: “People think – by a margin of more than three to one – that the Scottish economy is more likely to get worse than better as a result of Brexit.
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"And an even bigger proportion think the situation will get worse for the poorest in Scottish society.
"Theresa May's confirmation of the hardest of hard Brexits will only drive more and more people across Scotland to the conclusion that being driven off an economic cliff edge is an act of gigantic self-harm which Scotland must be protected from."
Northern Ireland also voted in favour of staying in the EU
However, other ministers attending the meeting seemed to show inconsistency in Scotland’s aims, with one official immediately contradicting Mr Russell.
Scottish Secretary David Mundell said: “We won’t be a member of the single market”.
Theresa May has confirmed several times all parts of the UK will leave the EU
However he did warn a second referendum on Scottish independence was not more likely than ever.
Ministers from Northern Ireland, whose electorate voted 56 per cent to 44 per cent in favour of remaining in the EU, and Wales, whose electorate voted 52.5 per cent to 47.5 per cent in favour of leaving, are also present.