Sturgeon demands clarity on Brexit transition

Posted On: 
28th October 2017

Nicola Sturgeon has called on Theresa May to show the government’s aims for the transition to Brexit with “absolute clarity”.

Nicola Sturgeon at the SNP conference
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The Scottish First Minister yesterday wrote to the Prime Minister, asking her to make clear the government was “urgently seeking” a transitional deal which would maintain current EU rules for “at least” two years. 

“There is a growing sense on the part of people I speak to, particularly across the business community, of a ‘five minutes to midnight’ kind of situation,” Ms Sturgeon said. 

“I really fear that if there is not clarity on a transition period by the turn of the year, then we will start to see really regrettable things happening.”

Speaking to the House of Commons on Monday, Mrs May suggested a transition deal could only be agreed once the terms of Britain's future relationship with the European Union are known.

Brexit Secretary David Davis later told the Exiting the EU committee he expected the outline of a transitional period to be agreed within the first three months of 2018.

Downing Street confirmed Ms Sturgeon's letter had been received and would be replied to "thoroughly".