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Nicola Sturgeon ‘depressed and frustrated’ over looming no-deal Brexit

Nicola Sturgeon has said she is “deeply frustrated and depressed” at the growing prospect of a no-deal Brexit that was set out by Boris Johnson today.

Friday, 16th October 2020, 1:18 pm


Friday, 16th October 2020, 1:39 pm

The First Minister even raised concerns that such a scenario could divert attention away from dealing with the impact of the Covid-19 crisis Scotland.

The Prime Minister today warned the UK to prepare for a no deal, claiming that talks with the European Union have now reached a stalemate.

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It would mean that tariffs would be applied to trade of goods between the UK and EU, although the Tory leader hinted talks may resume if there is a “fundamental change” from Brussels.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

But Ms Sturgeon said today: “I feel deeply frustrated and depressed at the prospect of a no deal at the end of the transition period in December.

“That said, we’ve got to be realistic. Any deal that is struck right now will be such a bare minimum deal that there was going to be disruption at the end of this year.

“I think that is now inescapable and I find it very, very frustrating that at a time when all of us should be giving, and I am seeking to do as much as I possibly can, 100 per cent of our time and focus and energy to Covid, that the Scottish Government – and this will be true of other governments across the UK – are having to think about how we cope with the prospect of Brexit where the implications of that are potentially huge.”

The First Minister told today’s coronavirus briefing there may even be a knock-on to the country’s response to the pandemic.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon welcomes Prime Minister Boris Johnson outside Bute House last year. Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

“We will do everything we can to deal with the implications of that, but make no mistake resources are finite and every civil servant, or every hour of time that has to be spent thinking about the implications of a no-deal Brexit, or a bare minimum deal Brexit, is a civil servant or an hour of my time that is not focussed as it should be on trying to steer the country through the Covid pandemic,” she said.

“So I feel deeply depressed about the Brexit situation.”

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