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I am, therefore, confirming today that, having listened and reflected, the Scottish government will reset the plan I set out on March 13. We will not seek to introduce the legislation for an independence referendum immediately. Instead, we will, in good faith, redouble our efforts and put our shoulder to the wheel in seeking to influence the Brexit talks in a way that protects Scotland's interests.feedback
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Jun 27 2017 Brexit
Nicola Sturgeon has been quoted 253 times. The one recent article where Nicola Sturgeon has been quoted is Scotland's Sturgeon postpones second independence vote until after Brexit. Most recently, Nicola Sturgeon was quoted as having said, “We will not seek to introduce the legislation for an independence referendum immediately. The Scottish government will reset the plan I set out.”.
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Jun 12 2017 - Brexit

In what is a very unstable situation for the UK Government it is essential that time is taken to secure a consensus over the approach to Brexit negotiations. The Tories' hard Brexit plan has been rejected and we cannot allow the Brexit negotiations to become hostage to the inability of either the Tories or Labour to command a clear majority. And at the heart of this position must be maintaining our place in the single market and in the customs union. That is where common ground lies.feedback

Jun 12 2017 - Brexit

The strongest possible position in the Brexit negotiations will be one that is backed by all parties and all governments across the UK.feedback

Jun 12 2017 - Homosexuality

The Good Friday Agreement requires the UK Government to be an impartial broker between parties in Northern Ireland and it would be shameful if, in the Tories' pursuit of power, they jeopardised the chances of a return to devolved government in Northern Ireland.feedback

Jun 12 2017 - Brexit

It is imperative that we now build a cross-party, all-government approach to Brexit that will protect all of our interests at this highly uncertain time. The strongest possible position in the Brexit negotiations will be one that is backed by all parties and all governments across the UK.feedback

Jun 12 2017 - Northern Ireland

The idea that the UK led by this Prime Minister and this Government can just blunder into negotiations starting one week today, I just don't think it's a credible proposition.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Scottish independence

We will reflect on these results, we will listen to voters and we will consider very carefully the best way forward for Scotland, a way forward that is in the interests of all Scotland. I will take the opportunity of saying more on that front in the days to come.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Scottish independence

I strongly suspect there were independence supporters amongst those who voted for Jeremy Corbyn yesterday.feedback

Jun 09 2017

If there was to be a hung parliament of course we would look to be part of a progressive alliance that pursued progressive policies.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Brexit

There is clearly uncertainty around Brexit and independence. [There is] a lot of thinking for the SNP to do.feedback

Jun 08 2017 - Scottish independence

A vote tomorrow for Labour or the Liberal Democrats, parties who are third and fourth position in Scotland, risks doing one thing and one thing only - splitting the anti-Tory vote and allowing a Tory MP in the back door. Let us not take that risk.feedback

Jun 06 2017 - Brexit

You and I spoke the day after the EU referendum and you told me then you thought the change occasioned by Brexit meant you thought Labour should stop opposing a referendum. I'm not having a go at you Kezia, you are entitled to change your mind.feedback

Jun 06 2017 - Brexit

I think in all honesty none of us actually know at the moment. Theresa May has said explicitly – and I readily concede there's a lot of scepticism about this – but she has said that that will be before the UK exits in spring 2019. Which is why I have talked in that time frame. If it takes longer than that, then it will be longer than that before we are at the end of the Brexit process.feedback

Jun 06 2017 - Scottish independence

You get from Whitehall a sort of nodding of the head, recognising the problem, but a brick wall when it comes to any kind of contemplating this solution. I think almost regardless of the outcome, [May is] going to come out of this election weakened. I can't believe that she's doing anything other right now than wishing she hadn't called the election in the first place. If you are asking me what people who want to defeat a Tory government should do then look at how best to defeat a Tory MP.feedback

Jun 06 2017 - Labour Party

Approval ratings go up and down for leaders … they compare favourably to any UK leader right now whether that's May, Corbyn, any of the Scottish leaders.feedback

Jun 06 2017 - Brexit

Now OK, we're miles apart politically but then so too were David Cameron and I, but we still managed to find a way of working that respected each other's positions. We found a way of being civil. You literally go into a one to one with her and it's like she's reading from a script than having a conversation. If it takes longer than that, then it will be longer than that before we are at the end of the Brexit process. I think in all honesty none of us actually know at the moment. Once you know the terms of the relationship. It has got to be an informed choice for people.feedback

Jun 05 2017 - Scottish independence

I don't think it's right for any politician to dictate to a country what its future should be. I think that should be a choice for the people of Scotland. You said you want to be judged on education so on that basis shouldn't you resign?feedback

Jun 04 2017 - Scottish independence

I know that everyone in Scotland will join me in sending our heartfelt sympathy to Eilidh's family and friends ahead of what will be the most difficult day imaginable.feedback

Jun 03 2017 - Scottish independence

The Tories' austerity agenda has failed on every count – not only has it choked off the economic recovery, but the years of underinvestment have put huge pressure on public services across the UK. We simply can't go on with more of the same, but that is exactly what the Tories are planning to do – and this snap election has presented a golden opportunity for voters across Scotland to say enough is enough. With polls tightening across the UK, the votes of people across Scotland could determine the size of Theresa May's majority.feedback

Jun 02 2017

The most likely outcome here is a Tory (Conservative) victory, but a Tory victory no longer certain of an increased majority.feedback

Jun 02 2017 - British elections 2017

If there was to be a hung parliament, if the parliamentary arithmetic allowed it, then I would want the SNP to be part of a progressive alternative to a Conservative government. Not in a coalition, I don't envisage any formal coalitions, but on an issue-by-issue basis to put forward progressive policies and to see a progressive agenda.feedback

Jun 02 2017 - Scottish independence

If we are in that scenario, and I'm sceptical that we will be in that scenario … it means the electorate has decided that it doesn't want either of the two main UK parties to govern with a free hand.feedback

Jun 01 2017 - Scottish independence

We're in an election campaign. What matters to me is that the SNP wins this election and the SNP are the best part of 20 points ahead of our nearest rivals. As long as the SNP stays ahead and we win this election; that is what I'm focused on.feedback

May 30 2017 - Scottish independence

But the key point of principle for me is clarity at the end of the process which allows people to make a genuinely informed choice about the future of our country.feedback

May 30 2017 - Brexit

In these circumstances, any continued Tory attempts to block Scotland having a choice - when the time is right and the options are clear - would be democratically unsustainable.feedback

May 30 2017 - Scottish independence

Only the SNP can keep the Tories in check.feedback

May 28 2017 - Scottish independence

But let's get back to the reality of this election. The reality of this election, even with a narrowing of the polls, is that we're going to face a Tory government perhaps with a bigger majority. So my priority in this election is to say to people in Scotland: if you want Scotland's interest to be protected and our voice heard, then you've got to vote SNP to make sure that's the case.feedback

May 28 2017 - Scottish independence

I'm taking nothing for granted, but if the SNP win the election having won the Scottish election last year on the strength of a manifesto commitment that was very clear, and in the interim the Scottish parliament having backed that, I think that position of the prime minister is unsustainable.feedback

May 28 2017 - Scottish independence

Even with the narrowing of the polls, I still think it is highly likely the Tories are going to win this election.feedback

May 28 2017 - Scottish independence

If the SNP win the election on June 8 in Scotland, and I am taking nothing for granted, ... then I think that position of the prime minister is unsustainable. In politics positions quickly become unsustainable and we have seen in the last few days ... this is not a prime minister who is very good at holding positions under pressure. She is a prime minister that has seemed to perfect the art of the U-turn.feedback

May 28 2017 - Scottish independence

If the SNP win the election having won the Scottish election last year on the strength of a manifesto commitment that was very clear, and in the interim the Scottish Parliament having backed that, then I think that position of the Prime Minister is unsustainable. You know what, we should be. In politics, positions quickly become unsustainable and we've seen in the last few days that this is not a Prime Minister who is very good at holding position when she feels it's under pressure. She's a Prime Minister that has seemed to perfect the art of the u-turn.feedback

May 28 2017 - Scottish independence

I don't want a Tory prime minister. I don't want to see a Tory government.feedback

May 22 2017 - Scottish independence

With the prospect of a reelected and increasingly hardline government at Westminster, it is more vital than ever that Scotland's voice is heard.feedback

May 22 2017 - Scottish independence

This election won't decide whether or not Scotland will become independent, but a vote for the SNP will reinforce the right of the Scottish Parliament to decide when the nation should be given a choice on its future, and will make sure that Scotland's future is always in Scotland's hands.feedback

May 22 2017 - Scottish referendum

She made a mistake, an honest mistake, and she apologised for that. In terms of the wider social media reaction, I don't think it's acceptable to make judgments about somebody's background. The nurse on the debate last night was absolutely entitled to raise the issue that she did and, as I said, she raised an issue that I think is one of the biggest in this campaign, the level and value of real wages, not just in the public sector but in the private sector.feedback

May 21 2017 - Scottish independence

Ruth Davidson is using as a smokescreen in this campaign because she knows the Tory record and Tory policies are toxic.feedback

May 21 2017 - British elections 2017

First she said we needed a seat at the negotiating table and now she has changed her mind. It seems to me that Ruth Davidson does everything that Theresa May tells her to do. Believe me, she tells me exactly what she thinks.feedback

May 19 2017 - Scottish independence

Tory MPs from Scotland will be rubber-stamps for whatever Theresa May wants them to do, so if we want to have strong voices of opposition standing up for Scotland given the big challenges that lie ahead, then we need to make sure that there are SNP voices doing that.feedback

May 19 2017 - Scottish independence

S no getting away. Every poll that's published in Scotland shows that the SNP is on course to win this election and win it comprehensively. The Tories are doing better, there's no getting away from that. They're doing better largely at the expense of Labour. What we've seen over the past few years in Scotland is a collapse in the Labour vote - much of it has turned to the SNP - we're now seeing Labour lose a lot of its remaining support to the Conservatives.feedback

May 18 2017 - Labour Party

If you don't want May to have a free hand, you have to make sure there is strong opposition. We have seen sadly that Labour simply isn't strong enough to hold the Tories to account, the SNP can provide strong opposition. We need strong opposition – holding a Tory government to account, keeping them in check and standing up for the values we hold dear: values of social justice, tolerance and community.feedback

May 18 2017

Labour votes in Aberdeen yesterday were used to put the Tories into administration and I think that should say something to everybody who might be considering voting Labour in the future - that if you vote Labour, you often don't get Labour, you get the Tories and that is the reality. Perhaps Kezia Dugdale will want to take the opportunity of just making it clear that the suspensions of the Aberdeen councillors yesterday won't miraculously be waved away after June 8.feedback

May 16 2017 - Scottish independence

The SNP has only reached the milestone of 10 years in government because we have worked hard - each and every day - to repay the trust of the people of Scotland and deliver on their priorities. I know we are not perfect. We haven't got everything right and there is much more work still to do.feedback

May 15 2017 - Scottish independence

So I was simply saying that there may be the prospect of a phased return for Scotland to the EU where we would be in Efta, the EEA, on an interim basis.feedback

May 15 2017 - Scottish independence

Because we as the Scottish government, the SNP, are not in charge of the Brexit process right now we don't know exactly what that is going to be like, how that is going to unfold.feedback

May 14 2017 - Scottish independence

For me this is a question of, at the end of the Brexit process, does Scotland get a choice about our future. At the end of the Brexit process, I believe people in Scotland should have a choice over our future.feedback

May 14 2017 - Scottish independence

I absolutely, readily accept there are areas where we need to do better.feedback

May 14 2017 - Scottish independence

My position is I want Scotland to be in the EU. Now we have to set out if we're in an independence referendum, and we're not in that right now, the process for regaining or retaining, depending where we are in the Brexit process, EU membership. Now it may be that we have a phased approach to that by necessity. Well, it may be by necessity but we don't want that. We have to set that out at the time because there are still some uncertainties, many uncertainties, around the Brexit process.feedback

May 14 2017 - Scottish independence

On literacy and numeracy we have a particular challenge but on many other measures of Scottish education that is just not true.feedback

May 14 2017 - Scottish independence

We have had some advice that we need to have more of a focus within that curriculum on literacy and numeracy and that's exactly what we're doing right now.feedback

May 12 2017 - Gibraltar

We all know that he would have surrendered Gibraltar to the Spanish, and indeed the Falkands to Australia.feedback

May 12 2017 - Scottish referendum

Any investigation by The Law Society is so serious that, if confirmed, the SNP must immediately suspend Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh. The voters in Ochil and South Perthshire need immediate answers. They cannot go to the polls without all the information being made available to them.feedback

May 10 2017 - Climate change

These projects have great potential to help us tackle climate change, and remain at the forefront of low carbon and renewable innovation. They will also bring economic benefits – in terms of savings and jobs – to local areas across the country.feedback

May 06 2017 - Scottish independence

It is interesting if you look at the Tory and Labour support, they are mirror images of each other. The Labour vote has collapsed and gone to the Tories. So it is not the SNP losing ground to the Tories, it's Labour. So, you know, I take nothing for granted going into this election, but I think the day after my party has won by a considerable margin more votes, more seats and more councils than any other party.feedback

May 06 2017 - Labour Party

Yes, by their standards, the Tories did well – and I take nothing away from them – but they did well entirely at the expense of the Labour party. As we go into the general election, the people of Scotland have a clear choice. It is pretty clear that Theresa May, on the strength of support in England, is going to win the general election. So for people in Scotland, if they want strong voices standing up for Scotland's interests and holding the Tories to account in Westminster, that can only come from the SNP.feedback

May 06 2017 - Labour Party

If you compare north and south of the border, the Tories polled less in Scotland than Jeremy Corbyn did in England, and yet Jeremy Corbyn has been written off as a disaster. The day after my party has won by a considerable margin more votes, more seats and more councils than any other party and improved our position on the last council election, I think I'm reasonably entitled to feel quite optimistic as we go into the next contest.feedback

May 06 2017 - Scottish independence

The Tories put an independence referendum at the heart of their campaign. It was the only thing they spoke about. And yet they lost the election yesterday. It was the Tories who tried to make it a referendum on an independence referendum and they came quite a distant second. If there's a message at all on that issue, it's a message for the Conservatives.feedback

May 05 2017 - Scottish independence

This is a fantastic election victory for the SNP, coming off our election victory last year and the one in the general election the year before that. It gives us a great launchpad for the general election in a few weeks' time.feedback

May 01 2017 - Scottish independence

That stands in stark contrast to the Conservatives who are taking child tax credits and working tax credits away from many working families, making their lives harder. We know Theresa May wants a free hand to do whatever she wants. We've got to make sure that there's a check on the Tories, that there's strong opposition and strong voices for Scotland standing up for progressive policies like this one, and that in Scotland can only come from the SNP.feedback

May 01 2017 - Scottish independence

The issue at the heart of this election is, whether you support independence or oppose independence, surely that decision should be taken by people in Scotland, by the Scottish people and the Scottish Parliament, and not by a Tory government at Westminster. We're here at a nursery highlighting the SNP's policy to almost double state-funded childcare provision, helping young people get the best start in life and helping working families.feedback

May 01 2017 - Scottish independence

It's time for the Nationalists to focus on the job of governing, such as dealing with the crisis in our schools and tackling the problems in the NHS after a decade of SNP mismanagement.feedback

May 01 2017

The fact of the matter is that Labour has got very little positive to say in this election.feedback

May 01 2017

Alistair Darling could be talking about health and education or the economy, instead he's choosing to talk about independence while I'm here in the north-east talking about childcare. So perhaps Alistair Darling should direct his message more at himself and his Labour colleagues than me.feedback

Apr 26 2017 - Scottish referendum

My opponents are ridiculous. They go from accusing me of talking about independence too much to accusing me of not talking about it enough. The issue at this election campaign is quite clear - how do we make sure we have strong voices arguing Scotland's corner at Westminster and also backing our Scottish Parliament.feedback

Apr 25 2017 - Scottish referendum

When you cut through the tank-riding, bagpipe-playing bravado, Ruth Davidson is just another cruel member of a cruel party. The First Minister uses strong words like shameful. She has the power to act. If she chooses strong words but chooses not to act, then that would indeed be shameful.feedback

Apr 24 2017 - Scottish independence

Where does it stop? What if they just abolish welfare, pocketed the money and say 'over to the Scottish Parliament'? If this Tory government wants to say that the Scottish Parliament is better placed to make these decisions, then give us the full power over benefits and the budget that goes with it. It is a ridiculous argument to say that the Tories can make cuts and keep the money and expect the Scottish Parliament to fill the gap.feedback

Apr 24 2017 - Scottish independence

But it is policies like this, and other attacks on the most vulnerable in society – including pensioners, the disabled, vulnerable young adults and the bereaved – which would be pursued by a Tory Government with a bigger majority. The Tories now think they can do what they want to Scotland and get away with it.feedback

Apr 24 2017 - Scottish independence

People who want to make sure Scotland has got strong voices against the Conservatives in this election need to vote for the SNP because that's what this election above all else is about. The election won't decide whether or not Scotland becomes independent. We got a mandate for a referendum in the election last year so this is about Scotland's voice is heard and Scotland's interests are protected.feedback

Apr 24 2017 - Nuclear weapons

And whatever else happens in this election we should not allow the Tory party to escape the accountability for any misdemeanours that may have led to them buying the last general election. The SNP opposes Trident, not just in principle, but at a time when our public services and the vulnerable in our society are under so much pressure, spending tens of billions of pounds on weapons of mass destruction is the wrong choice. Labour should have the guts to simply say that. It's what we're told Jeremy Corbyn believes so he should have the courage of his convictions and say it.feedback

Apr 22 2017

If the Tories seize control of our communities that means deeper cuts to services, fewer affordable homes and more cruel austerity measures that we know are pushing families into poverty.feedback

Apr 21 2017 - Scottish independence

I don't want to see the Tories in council chambers. I don't want to Tories with their hands on local services and my message is crystal clear: vote SNP.feedback

Apr 20 2017 - Labour Party

This is pretty tired stuff from the Tories. We only have to take one look at the polls to know that Jeremy Corbyn ain't going anywhere near number 10 Downing Street–on his own or with the help of anybody else. We know that the Prime Minister wants to silence opposition, so the question for Scotland is this: if people want a strong opposition to the Tories, if they want MPs who will stand up and be a voice for Scotland, then the only party to support at this election is this one, the SNP.feedback

Apr 20 2017

A virtual one-party Tory state is a horrifying prospect. That simply isn't acceptable in a democracy.feedback

Apr 20 2017 - Scottish independence

And yet we have a Westminster government with one MP in Scotland thinking it's got the right to lay down the law. I suspect history will look back on today and see it as the day the fate of the union was sealed.feedback

Apr 20 2017 - Scottish independence

This will be–more than ever before–an election about standing up for Scotland, in the face of a right-wing, austerity-obsessed Tory government with no mandate in Scotland but which now thinks it can do whatever it wants and get away with it. In terms of Scotland, this move is a huge political miscalculation by the Prime Minister.feedback

Apr 20 2017 - British elections 2017

That is utterly shameful. It brings into sharp focus the key issue at the heart of the general election.feedback

Apr 19 2017 - Scottish referendum

I don't think you will find anybody in any part of the UK who thinks it is. I was simply stating the fact as I did in 2015 that I don't want to see a Tory Government so if there I was a Parliamentary artithmetic that lent itself to keeping the Tories out of Government I would want to see that happen. Are you asking me if I think that is likely? My answer is not, what I am looking at right now. So that means my objective in this election is not to worry about coalitions with anybody but making sure the SNP is in the strongest possible position to stand up and protect Scotland's interests.feedback

Apr 19 2017

Yesterday she changed her mind, not for the good of the country, but for reasons of simple party advantage.feedback

Apr 19 2017 - Scottish independence

Make no mistake, if the [Scottish National Party] wins this election in Scotland, and the Tories don't, then Theresa May's attempt to block our mandate, to give the people of Scotland a choice, over their own future when the time is right, will crumble to dust.feedback

Apr 19 2017 - Scottish independence

If the SNP wins this election in Scotland and the Tories (Conservatives) don't, then Theresa May's attempt to block our mandate to give the people of Scotland a choice over their own future when the time is right will crumble to dust. (May's) motive is clear. She knows that as the terms of her hard Brexit become clearer, the deep misgivings that so many people already have will increase and grow. So she wants to act now to crush the parliamentary opposition that she faces.feedback

Apr 18 2017 - Labour Party

But it's very clear that the prime minister's announcement today is one all about the narrow interests of her own party, not the interests of the country overall. Clearly she sees the opportunity given the total disarray in the ranks of the Labour party to crush all opposition to her, to get rid of people who disagree with her.feedback

Apr 18 2017 - Scottish independence

This election will be about the kind of country we want Scotland to be and whether we want the Tories to have a free hand in determining that or whether we want to make sure that we stand up for Scotland's public services, for public spending against further Tory austerity.feedback

Apr 18 2017 - Scottish independence

The Tories see a chance to move the U.K. to the right, force through a hard Brexit and impose deeper cuts. Let's stand up for Scotland.feedback

Apr 18 2017 - Scottish independence

It will once again give people the opportunity to reject the (Conservative government's) narrow, divisive agenda, as well as reinforcing the democratic mandate which already exists for giving the people of Scotland a choice on their future.feedback

Apr 18 2017 - Labour Party

She is clearly betting that the Tories can win a bigger majority in England given the utter disarray in the Labour party. That makes it all the important that Scotland is protected from a Tory party which now sees the chance of grabbing control of government for many years to come and moving the UK further to the right – forcing through a hard Brexit and imposing deeper cuts in the process.feedback

Apr 08 2017 - Easter

But I also think it's right that at the right time Scotland doesn't have our future direction as a country imposed on us, but that we get to choose that.feedback

Apr 08 2017 - Easter

I'm absolutely clear that the position of Theresa May, I just don't think is politically sustainable. If the Scottish parliament is of the opinion, as it is because it has voted in this way, that Scotland should be given a choice, not now, but when the time is right, when there is clarity about Brexit and when obviously there is clarity also about independence, that we should have a choice about our future.feedback

Apr 08 2017 - Easter

Having written to Theresa May on the back of the Scottish parliamentary vote, I've said some time after the Easter recess I will set out what I consider the next steps to be, but I will set that out to parliament. These are not the kinds of things I am thinking of. I was elected as first minister just less than a year ago. I've got a responsibility to lead this country. We are very focused on getting growth in our economy and transforming education. These are things that continue to be my priorities.feedback

Apr 06 2017 - Scottish referendum

So for me independence is not an end in itself – it's how we equip our country.feedback

Apr 06 2017 - Unemployment

When I was growing up Margaret Thatcher was prime minister and the policies she was implementing were doing real damage to the kind of communities I was growing up in. But very, very few people in Scotland voted for Margaret Thatcher. It just seemed to me wrong that this prime minister that Scotland didn't vote for was able to implement policies that were leading to high unemployment, devastating communities. Margaret Thatcher once famously said there was no thing about society – well, I do believe in society. I believe in a strong, cohesive society.feedback

Apr 06 2017 - Northern Ireland

My experience of trying to reach some compromise with her over the past few months has been an unproductive and frustrating one. Much of the thinking and much of the decision making is very closed, and it's very difficult to get into that in any meaningful way. If I told you that not just the Scottish government, but the Welsh government and Northern Ireland found out the date of the triggering of Article 50 from the BBC, it probably gives you an insight.feedback

Apr 06 2017 - Scottish referendum

We've sat at the table and we give our view. But the breakdown appears to be that it doesn't necessarily influence the position that the U.K. government is then taking.feedback

Apr 06 2017 - Northern Ireland

If the same attitude is adopted by her government to other European countries as has been adopted to Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland, then I would fear that the Brexit process is not going to end well, because of that highhandedness and – dare I say it – arrogance about how the negotiation at this stage has been taken forward.feedback

Apr 05 2017 - Scottish independence

Simply saying now is not the time only takes you so far before you have to answer the question, well when is the time? I might put forward the timescale I think makes sense, and if she doesn't agree with that then we should discuss what the alternative might be. I'll set out in due course the steps I intend to take next. Scotland and England should always trade freely with each other. It's in our mutual benefit. But I want that as well as trade within the single market because that is so important to Scotland's interests.feedback

Apr 05 2017 - Scottish independence

What I'm very keen to stress is that regardless of who occupies the office of president or first minister at any given time, the relationship between Scotland and the United States is a strong one. It's very longstanding. It spans family, culture, business, and part of our purpose here in the United States is to strengthen, to build on that relationship.feedback

Apr 05 2017 - Scottish independence

The fact that Donald Trump owns golf courses in Scotland does not mean that if I disagree with him on a matter of policy or a matter of principle that I will not say that. But I would seek to operate in a way that is respectful and constructive.feedback

Apr 05 2017 - United Nations

But surveys repeatedly show that there are around 30 million people in America who claim to have Scots ancestry. I'm very confident that Scotland will be an independent country in my lifetime – well within my lifetime – and take its seat at the United Nations alongside all the other independent countries of the world, large and small.feedback

Apr 05 2017 - Scottish independence

Regardless of what happens in the future, as an independent country or part of the UK, I want Scotland to play a part – a constructive part – in some of the issues we are discussing today.feedback

Apr 05 2017 - Scottish independence

Every day I hold this office, I will work to ensure that every woman, every wee girl across this country, gets a chance to do what I've done and follow their dream. My mission is not to break anything. I want Scotland to be independent not from any insular or separatist motivation, but because I believe that countries should govern themselves. I am here to talk about the work Scotland can do for peace and reconciliation.feedback

Apr 05 2017 - Scottish referendum

We agree with the Prime Minister that now is not the time for a vote, but if the UK Government's intention is to try and indefinitely block a referendum that would be utterly undemocratic and unsustainable.feedback

Apr 04 2017 - Scottish referendum

Both of us want to apply our capacity for innovation to tackling what is arguably the biggest environmental, economic and moral issue facing the world.feedback

Apr 04 2017 - Scottish independence

Our modern identity will remain open, outward-looking and inclusive. And Scotland will of course continue to build partnerships around the world - including with governments, businesses and universities here in California and across the United States. If I ruled out a referendum, I would be deciding – completely unilaterally – that Scotland will follow the UK to a hard Brexit come-what-may, no matter how damaging to our economy and our society it turns out to be.feedback

Apr 04 2017 - Climate change

Scotland is making huge progress in delivering our climate change ambitions, but we are not complacent and there is still much to achieve. Today's meeting strengthened our relationship with the Government of California and I'm confident we can work together to achieve the targets set out by the Under2 MoU.feedback

Mar 31 2017 - Scottish referendum

I hope you will not do so. In anticipation of your refusal to enter into discussions at this stage, it is important for me to be clear about my position. It is my firm view that the mandate of the Scottish Parliament must be respected and progressed. The question is not if, but how. I hope that will be by constructive discussion between our Governments. However, if that is not yet possible, I will set out to the Scottish Parliament the steps I intend to take to ensure that progress is made towards a referendum.feedback

Mar 31 2017 - Scottish independence

I have today written to the UK government to ensure that we can make that choice when the time is right, to accept Brexit or instead become an independent country. I don't take for granted how people would vote when that choice comes but I would hope we can all agree that the future of our country is our choice.feedback

Mar 31 2017 - Scottish independence

Now the prime minister has indicated that she intends to ignore the will of the Scottish parliament and seek to prevent the people of Scotland having that choice; if the Westminster government continues to hold line it will go against the very foundations of devolution. So I hope that the prime minister changes her mind and acknowledges that the people of Scotland are entitled to a choice at a time and in a way that is right for Scotland.feedback

Mar 31 2017 - Scottish independence

We have no intention of facilitating or enabling the removal of powers from this parliament.feedback

Mar 31 2017 - Easter

It is my firm view that the mandate of the Scottish parliament must be respected and progressed. The question is not if, but how. I hope that will be by constructive discussion between our governments. However, if that is not yet possible, I will set out to the Scottish parliament the steps I intend to take to ensure that progress is made towards a referendum.feedback

Mar 30 2017 - Scottish independence

Under the current terms of the Scotland Act, those powers should automatically come to this chamber but nobody in the UK Government, and I discussed this with the Prime Minister on Monday. Nobody on the Conservative benches will give that guarantee, which leads me to suspect that what the Tories are actually planning is a power grab on this parliament, and that will be absolutely unacceptable.feedback

Mar 30 2017 - Scottish referendum

Threatens to be an act of self-harm on a scale barely understood. Now is not the time. The Scottish parliament this week voted to mandate formal discussions with the UK government on the process to give the people of Scotland a choice on their future. For a prime minister who on Wednesday proclaimed Brexit as an exercise in self -determination to now seek to block Scotland's own right to self-determination would be democratically indefensible.feedback

Mar 30 2017 - Northern Ireland

Closer to home, the triggering of article 50 is also politically and constitutionally reckless. The full effects on Northern Ireland, which currently faces the possible reintroduction of direct rule, remain to be seen. Similarly, there has been no serious attempt to engage with compromise proposals that would keep Scotland - which voted decisively to remain in Europe - inside the single market.feedback

Mar 30 2017 - Scottish independence

The result is that we must now ensure that people in Scotland are given a choice between the hard Brexit deal now being negotiated, and independence.feedback

Mar 29 2017 - Catalonia

When the nature of the change made inevitable by Brexit becomes clear, it should not be imposed upon us. We should have the right to decide.feedback

Mar 29 2017 - Scottish independence

The prime minister has hailed Brexit as an exercise in autonomy. To prevent Scotland from seeking the same would be indefensible. There are days that are seen by history as truly defining. They shape the eras that fall on either side of them and come to be judged as the pivot points on which history then turns, for good or ill. Today, 29 March, threatens to become one of those days. I say threatens because I cannot pretend that I believe the triggering of article 50 by the prime minister is anything other than a sad day in the history of Britain, and the European continent as a whole.feedback

Mar 28 2017 - Scottish independence

Now is not the time. The people of Scotland should have the right to choose between Brexit, possibly a very hard Brexit, or becoming an independent country able to chart our own course and create a true partnership with equals across these islands.feedback

Mar 28 2017 - Scottish independence

We should be working together to get that right deal for Scotland, that right deal for the UK, that's my job as prime minister and so for that reason I say to the SNP now is not the time.feedback

Mar 28 2017 - Immigration

We are not leaving the EU today to give up control of immigration again, and we are not leaving only to return to the jurisdiction of the European court of justice. We are going to be a country … that is no longer part of a political union with supranational institutions that can override national parliaments and courts.feedback

Mar 28 2017 - Scottish independence

Scotland's future should be in Scotland's hands. When that deal emerges, I think people in Scotland should have an informed choice about whether that's the path they want to take, or whether they want to take the path of becoming an independent country.feedback

Mar 28 2017 - Scottish independence

Scotland's future should be in Scotland's hands. That change should not be imposed upon us. We should have the right to decide the nature of that change.feedback

Mar 28 2017 - Scottish independence

Scotland, like the rest of the UK, stands at a crossroads. When Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty is triggered tomorrow, change for our country becomes inevitable ... There will be an impact on trade, on investment and on living standards, and an impact on the very nature of the society we live in. The people of Scotland should have the right to choose between Brexit, possibly a very hard Brexit, or becoming an independent country able to chart our own course.feedback

Mar 28 2017 - Scottish independence

It is slightly surprising that when the first minister of Scotland and the prime minister of the UK meet to discuss the key issues of the UK's departure from the EU and giving the people of Scotland a choice over their future that the main focus should be on their legs and what they are wearing. Brexit may risk taking Britain back to the early 1970s, but there is no need for coverage of events to lead the way.feedback

Mar 28 2017 - Scottish independence

The prime minister told me that the terms of Brexit would all be concluded by the end of next year. Are you now saying that I should mistrust her?feedback

Mar 28 2017 - Scottish independence

Now is not the time for another referendum.feedback

Mar 27 2017 - Scottish independence

I had been under the impression, based on weekend media reports, that she coming to offer something in the way of more powers, it turned out that wasn't the case. So there was no real guarantee that powers, when they come back from Brussels, in areas that are already devolved won't in part be centralised at Westminster. My position isn't going to change, which is that now is not the time to be talking about a second independence referendum.feedback

Mar 27 2017 - Scottish independence

So as Britain leaves the European Union and we forge a new role for ourselves in the world, the strength and stability of our union will become even more important. If I ruled out a referendum, I would be deciding – completely unilaterally – that Scotland will follow the UK to a hard Brexit come-what-may, no matter how damaging to our society it turns out to be. That should not be the decision of just one politician – not even the First Minister. It will be decided by the people of Scotland. It will be Scotland's choice.feedback

Mar 27 2017 - Article 50

I think it makes it very difficult for the prime minister to maintain a rational opposition to a referendum in the timescale that I have set out.feedback

Mar 22 2017 - Scottish independence

As a result of the Brexit vote we know that change is now inevitable - the question is what kind of change is right for Scotland and whether that change is made for us or by us.feedback

Mar 21 2017 - Scottish referendum

To suggest that an emphatic election victory on the basis of a clear manifesto commitment and a parliamentary majority on an issue does not provide a mandate begs the question: what does? And it runs the real risk of undermining the democratic process. Nine months on, there is no indication at all that this parliament's voice has carried any weight at Westminster. Instead, the UK government is taking decisions entirely unilaterally which I, and many others, believe will deeply damage our economy, our society and our standing in the world.feedback

Mar 21 2017 - Scottish referendum

Staying in the U.K. hasn't safeguarded Scotland's place in Europe, it has jeopardized it.feedback

Mar 21 2017

It will simply not be acceptable for the UK government to stand as a roadblock to the democratically expressed will of this parliament. Nine months on there is no indication at all that this parliament's voice has carried any weight at (Britain's national parliament) Westminster. Instead the UK government is taking decisions entirely unilaterally which I, and many others, believe will deeply damage our economy, our society and our standing in the world.feedback

Mar 19 2017 - Scottish independence

To stand in defiance of that would be for the prime minister to shatter beyond repair any notion of the UK as a respectful partnership of equals. If her concern is timing then within reason I am happy to have that discussion. But let the prime minister be in no doubt, the will of our parliament must and will prevail.feedback

Mar 19 2017 - Scottish independence

I don't think that is reasonable because by that point Scotland has been taken out of the EU, two years have elapsed. Presumably there is divergence opening up between the rules of the European Union and the single market and where the UK is going. I think it then gets much harder for Scotland to seek a different course.feedback

Mar 18 2017 - Scottish independence

The Prime Minister's attitude should worry all of us hoping that negotiations with Europe will not be a disaster because - and let me put this bluntly - if she shows the same condescension and inflexibility, the same tin ear, to other EU countries as she has to Scotland then the Brexit process will hit the rocks.feedback

Mar 18 2017

Politics aside – I hope girls everywhere look at this photograph and believe nothing should be off limits for them.feedback

Mar 18 2017

Lighten up … and then the girl of 16 would say eff off.feedback

Mar 18 2017 - Scottish referendum

As we debate our future, let's do so openly and honestly. But let no one – for or against independence – ever seek to run down Scotland's strengths and our nation's great potential. What we must all do is strive to make our country even better.feedback

Mar 18 2017 - Scottish independence

If I ruled out a referendum, I would be deciding – completely unilaterally – that Scotland will follow the UK to a hard Brexit come-what-may, no matter how damaging to our economy and our society it turns out to be. That should not be the decision of just one politician – not even the First Minister. It will be decided by the people of Scotland. It will be Scotland's choice.feedback

Mar 17 2017 - Scottish independence

Plan A' is the democratic one, it is the right one, because it's the one which puts the choice into the hands of the people of Scotland.feedback

Mar 17 2017 - Scottish independence

I have a mandate to give people in Scotland a choice and it is simply undemocratic for a party with one MP (member of parliament) in Scotland to stand in the way of that.feedback

Mar 17 2017 - Scottish independence

I have got various options that I would consider but with the greatest of respect I'm not going to share them with you right now. Well I will share them with the people of Scotland and the people of Scotland will have the right to know them once we are at that stage. I don't think I should be getting into Plan Bs at this stage when I am putting forward a Plan A that has such a strong cast iron mandate.feedback

Mar 16 2017 - Scottish referendum

The Scottish government is not proposing #scotref now... but when the terms of Brexit clear and before it is too late to choose an alternative path.feedback

Mar 16 2017 - Scottish independence

It is for the Scottish parliament – not Downing Street – to determine the timing of a referendum, and the decision of the Scottish parliament must be respected.feedback

Mar 16 2017 - Scottish referendum

It's an argument for independence really in a nutshell, that Westminster thinks it has got the right to block the democratically elected mandate of the Scottish government and the majority in the Scottish parliament. History may look back on today and see it as the day the fate of the union was sealed.feedback

Mar 16 2017

I will be arguing for this country to be in charge of its own finances and it's own future, to build a stronger society and a stronger economy.feedback

Mar 16 2017 - Scottish referendum

This is not the Iron Lady – this is someone whose government is in chaos, chopping and changing all of the time.feedback

Mar 14 2017

Well done, Muirfield – decision to admit women members emphatic and the right one. Look forward to seeing you host the Open again in future.feedback

Mar 14 2017 - Scottish referendum

The referendum must be for Scotland's national legislature to shape. It should be up to the Scottish Parliament to determine the referendum's timing, franchise and the question. The PM is not yet elected by anyone.feedback

Mar 14 2017 - Scottish independence

And the vote must take place within a timeframe to allow an informed choice to be made – when the terms of Brexit are clear but before the UK leaves the European Union, or shortly afterwards. It should be up to the Scottish parliament to determine the referendum's timing, franchise and the question, which of course will be open to independent scrutiny and testing as it was last time. [There] should be no strings attached, no blocking mechanisms applied and no Downing Street diktat. Scotland's referendum must be made in Scotland.feedback

Mar 14 2017 - Scottish referendum

The SNP's long standing policy and commitment has been to membership of the European Union. Obviously we are in different circumstances now than we have been in the past, but that has been and remains our position. But on this issue, as on all of the many other issues that people will want to consider in advance of a choice, I've said very clearly that we will set out our proposition in advance of that choice so that it is an informed choice.feedback

Mar 14 2017 - Scottish independence

If the UK leaves the EU without Scotland indicating beforehand – or at least within a short time after it – that we want a different relationship, we could face a lengthy period outside not just the EU but also the single market. That could make the task of negotiating a different future much more difficult.feedback

Mar 13 2017 - Scottish independence

The UK Government was clear in 2014 that an independence referendum should be, in their words, made in Scotland, by the people of Scotland' – that is a principle that should be respected today. Having Scotland's referendum - at a time when the terms of Brexit are known - will give the Scottish people a choice about the kind of change we want. And it must be a choice for all of us.feedback

Mar 13 2017 - Scottish independence

If I ruled out a referendum, I would be deciding–completely unilaterally–that Scotland will follow the UK to a 'hard Brexit' come-what-may, no matter how damaging to our economy and our society it turns out to be.feedback

Mar 13 2017 - Scottish referendum

The timing of the Brexit negotiations are not within the control of the Scottish Government. However, we must plan on the basis of what we do know now and what we know is that on the timetable set out by the Prime Minister, the shape of the Brexit deal will become clear in the autumn of next year ahead of ratification votes by other EU countries. That is therefore the earliest point at which a referendum would be appropriate. Having sunk the ship with the Brexit vote, that would be puncturing Scotland's lifeboat as well and I don't think that would be acceptable.feedback

Mar 13 2017

We have not met with a Government and a Prime Minister who is willing to meet us half way [, ...] they have moved away from compromise with language that has appeared to become harder and harder.feedback

Mar 13 2017 - Scottish independence

But I will take the steps necessary now to make sure that Scotland will have a choice at the end of this process – a choice of whether to follow the U.K. to a hard Brexit, or to become an independent country able to secure a real partnership of equals with the rest of the U.K. and our own relationship with Europe.feedback

Mar 13 2017 - Scottish independence

Scotland stands at a hugely important crossroads. On the eve of Article 50 being triggered, not only is there no U.K.-wide agreement on the way ahead – the U.K. government has not moved even an inch in pursuit of compromise and agreement. All of our efforts at compromise have been met with a brick wall of intransigence. I will continue to stand up for Scotland's interests during the process of Brexit negotiations.feedback

Mar 13 2017 - Scottish independence

I am not turning my back on further discussions should the U.K. government change its mind. Sometimes you've got to do what you think it right in politics. And I think it's right for Scotland to have a choice.feedback

Mar 13 2017 - Single market

The future of the U.K. looks very different today than it did two years ago.feedback

Mar 13 2017 - Labour Party

If Scotland is to have a real choice - when the terms of Brexit are known but before it is too late to choose our own course - then that choice must be offered between the autumn of next year, 2018, and the spring of 2019. If the UK leaves the EU without Scotland indicating beforehand - or at least within a short time after it - that we want a different relationship with Europe, we could face a lengthy period not just outside the EU but also the single market.feedback

Mar 13 2017 - Scottish referendum

Not only is there no U.K.-wide agreement on the way ahead, but the U.K. government has not moved even an inch in pursuit of compromise and agreement. Our efforts at compromise have instead been met with a brick wall of intransigence.feedback

Mar 13 2017 - Scottish referendum

Since last June my focus has been on trying to find an agreement with the UK that would reconcile the UK-wide vote to leave the European Union with the Scottish vote to remain.feedback

Mar 10 2017 - Human Rights

I'm pretty certain that this wasn't the purpose of this impressive human rights lawyer's appearance at the UN.feedback

Mar 09 2017 - Scottish independence

Within that window, er I guess of when the, the sort of outline of a UK deal, becomes clear on the UK exiting the EU, I think would be the common sense time for, Scotland to have that choice, if that is the road we choose to go down. Well, I'm not and I never have been and, you know, I always think that sometimes kind of says more about them than it says about me because it, it suggests that there are politicians in Westminster who think Brexit and all of this is some kind of game.feedback

Mar 09 2017 - Scottish independence

It's not a game, it's really, really serious and the implications for the UK are serious and the implications for Scotland are serious.feedback

Mar 03 2017

Where we have spoken the language of consensus and co-operation, theirs has been the language of Westminster diktat. Where we have been prepared to offer a solution short of our ideal outcome, they have refused to seriously engage. And where we have offered compromise, we have been met by a brick wall of Tory intransigence.feedback

Mar 02 2017 - Scottish independence

If the prime minister thinks she can come to Scotland and sermonise about where power should lie, in the manner of one of her Tory predecessors, she should remember this: her government has no mandate in Scotland, and no democratic basis to take us out of Europe and the single market against our will.feedback

Mar 02 2017 - Scottish independence

But increasingly, this Tory government seems to think it can do what it wants to Scotland and get away with it.feedback

Feb 28 2017 - Scottish referendum

If an independence referendum does arise, it will not be down to bad faith on the part of the Scottish government, but to sheer intransigence on the part of the UK government. It is not too late for the UK government to change course, but time is running out.feedback

Jan 24 2017 - Article 50

I think it's important that the House of Commons and parliament is involved not just in that narrow question of whether to trigger Article 50 but also the terms of the negotiation. The prime minister set out last week the path towards the hardest of hard Brexits. I don't believe there is a majority for that in the House of Commons, I certainly don't believe there is a majority for that across the country.feedback

Jan 24 2017 - Scottish independence

Is Scotland content for our future to be dictated by an increasingly right-wing Westminster Government, or is it better that we take our future in to our own hands. It is becoming ever clearer that this is a choice Scotland must take. It is now crystal clear that the promises made to Scotland by the U.K. Government about the Sewel Convention and the importance of embedding it in statute were not worth paper they were written on.feedback

Jan 19 2017 - Scottish independence

The UK government cannot be allowed to take us out of the EU and the single market, regardless of the impact on our economy, jobs, living standards and our reputation as an open, tolerant country, without Scotland having the ability to choose between that and a different future.feedback

Jan 17 2017

While discussions on those proposals continue, and while the Prime Minister [Tuesday] reiterated her pledge to give our plan proper consideration, we have not yet seen evidence that Scotland's voice is being listened to or our interests taken into account.feedback

Jan 17 2017 - Scottish independence

The UK government cannot be allowed to take us out of the EU and the single market, regardless of the impact on our economy, jobs, living standards and our reputation as an open, tolerant country, without Scotland having the ability to choose between that and a different future. With [May's] comments today, the prime minister has only succeeded in making that choice more likely.feedback

Jan 17 2017

The prime minister has taken the UK down the road of a hard Brexit. It is not driven by the interest of the country, it is driven by the interest of the hard right of her own party. That is deeply regrettable.feedback

Jan 17 2017 - Conservative and Unionist Party

The hints about what (Theresa May) she is likely to say and the comments of Phillip Hammond in the German newspaper are deeply troubling. What he is describing is a race to the bottom – a sort of bargain basement economy where the UK government will try to attract business to the UK by offering lower taxes, lower wages, less regulation in terms of workers rights.feedback

Jan 08 2017 - Scottish independence

I don't feel as if I know any more about her negotiating objectives today than I did six months ago, and probably what's more worrying than that, I'm not sure she knows more about her negotiating objectives than she did back then as well.feedback

Jan 08 2017 - Scottish independence

They (UK government) will be making a big mistake if they think that I am in any way bluffing because if it comes to the point, you know, two years after Scotland had been told in the independence referendum, Scotland don't leave the UK, lead the UK. Here we are, we voted to stay in the EU, we were told that voting 'No' (in the Scottish independence referendum) was the only way we could stay in the EU, and we now face being taken out of the EU. Now that creates a much more fundamental question for Scotland.feedback

Jan 06 2017 - Scottish independence

I've been willing, and am willing, to put aside my preferred option of independence in the EU to see if we can explore a consensus and compromise option. I'm never going to stop arguing for independence. I think Scotland will become independent and I think that's the direction of travel.feedback

Jan 01 2017 - Scottish independence

We are determined that Scotland's vote to remain in the European Union will be respected and that people in Scotland retain as many of the benefits of EU membership as possible, including the freedom to work, travel and study in other member states.feedback

Dec 20 2016

The option of independence must remain on the table. Brexit is a problem not of Scotland's making.feedback

Dec 20 2016

There has to be a way to effectively square the circle (between the two results). Will this be easy? No … but I believe this is achievable. First and foremost, this is about us trying to convince the UK that these are proposals worthy of being considered.feedback

Dec 20 2016 - Scottish independence

We believe our practical solutions are reasonable and in the best interests of Scotland – in a context that will be complex and unprecedented whatever the ultimate outcome.feedback

Dec 20 2016 - Single market

We are determined to maintain Scotland's current position in the European single market.feedback

Nov 22 2016

We all have to wait and see what the reality of President Trump is. I'm sure I'm not alone in saying that I hope the reality of president Trump is different the candidate Trump we saw.feedback

Nov 22 2016

There is a sense of the Prime Minister feeling, if she goes one way she will upset some people and, if she goes the other way she will upset other people.feedback

Nov 09 2016 - Scottish referendum

It is normal in any election for those on the losing side to feel disappointment, but today, many in America and across the world, will also feel a real sense of anxiety.feedback

Nov 09 2016

While this is not the outcome I hoped for, it is the verdict of the American people and we must respect it. I congratulate president-elect Trump on winning the election.feedback

Nov 08 2016 - Scottish independence

I recognize and respect the rights of England and Wales to leave the European Union and this is not an attempt to veto that process, but the democratic wishes of people in Scotland ... cannot simply be brushed aside.feedback

Nov 08 2016 - Scottish independence

(Carmaker) Nissan has a clearer indication of strategy than the elected governments of Wales, Scotland and Ireland.feedback

Nov 08 2016 - Scottish independence

The margin for 'remain' in Scotland was 24 points: a far more emphatic and clear result.feedback

Nov 03 2016 - Scottish referendum

(The ruling) is hugely significant and underlines the chaos and confusion at the heart of the UK government.feedback

Oct 27 2016

It doesn't appear to me at the moment that there is a UK negotiating strategy.feedback

Oct 24 2016

I don't know what the UK's negotiating position is because they can't tell us. I can't undermine something that doesn't exist, it doesn't appear to me at the moment that there is a UK negotiating strategy.feedback

Oct 24 2016

So far those words are not matched by substance or actions and that is what has got to change.feedback

Oct 24 2016 - Scottish independence

What I'm not prepared to do ... is stand back and watch Scotland driven off a hard Brexit cliff edge because the consequences in lost jobs, lost investment and lower living standards are too serious.feedback

Oct 24 2016

Well, we had a frank exchange of views. I don't mind admitting large parts of the meeting were deeply frustrating. I don't know any more now about the UK government's approach to the EU negotiations than I did before I went into the meeting, and I can't speak for the other devolved administrations but I think there was a degree of frustration shared by all of us about that.feedback

Oct 13 2016 - Scottish independence

I am determined that Scotland will have the ability to reconsider the question of independence and to do so before the UK leaves the EU if that is necessary to protect our country's interests.feedback

Oct 13 2016 - Article 50

We will seek to make this plan a key element of the UK's Article 50 negotiation. It will require substantial additional powers for the Scottish parliament: all the powers in our areas of responsibility that currently lie with the EU - and significant new powers too.feedback

Oct 13 2016 - Scottish independence

We will seek to make this plan a key element of the UK's Article 50 negotiation.feedback

Sep 26 2016

I'm trying to be tactful here - it would be helpful to know more about the UK government's kind of thinking. As a first step, I think we would all benefit greatly from some clarity.feedback

Jul 12 2016

All options must be on the table.feedback

Jun 29 2016 - Scottish independence

Since I have been here I've found enormous interest in the referendum result as you would expect and I've also had a sympathetic response to the position Scotland finds itself in, facing the prospect of being taken out of the European Union against out will.feedback

Jun 28 2016 - Scottish independence

While I believe that independence is the best option for Scotland, it is not my starting point in these discussions. My starting point is to protect Scotland's interests and to protect our relationship with the EU.feedback

Jun 28 2016 - Scottish referendum

Our early priority has been to ensure that there is a widespread awareness across Europe of Scotland's different choice in the referendum and of our aspiration to stay in the European Union.feedback

Jun 28 2016 - Scottish independence

Scotland spoke clearly for remain and I'm determined Scotland's voice will be heard.feedback

Jun 28 2016

These times call for principles, purpose and clarity – in short, for leadership. This is why the vacuum that has developed at Westminster is so unacceptable. Politicians who proposed this referendum – no matter how bruised they feel by the result – have a duty now to step up and deal with the consequences.feedback

Jun 26 2016 - Scottish independence

It might not all happen immediately but this is going to be the most damaging experience for the UK since the end of the second World War and you know, I don't want Scotland to be subject to that damage. (...) Everybody knows I support independence, I'm not starting from a premise that says it's all about independence, it's all about protecting Scotland. But if to protect Scotland we need to consider independence then we absolutely must be in a position to do that.feedback

Jun 25 2016

Cabinet agreed that we will seek to enter into immediate discussions with the EU institutions and with other EU member states to explore all possible options to protect Scotland's place in the EU.feedback

Jun 25 2016

We will seek to enter into immediate discussions with the EU institutions and with other EU member states to explore all possible options to protect Scotland's place in the EU. A second (Scottish) independence referendum is clearly an option that requires to be on the table, and it is very much on the table.feedback

Jun 24 2016 - Scottish independence

I want to make it absolutely clear today that I intend to take all possible steps and explore all options to give effect to how people in Scotland voted. In other words, to secure our continuing place in the EU and in the single market in particular (...) There are many people who voted against independence in 2014 who are today reassessing their decision. Indeed, a very large number of them have contacted me already.feedback

Jun 24 2016 - Scottish independence

Scotland has delivered a strong, unequivocal vote to remain in the EU, and I welcome that endorsement of our European status. We await the final U.K.-wide result, but Scotland has spoken – and spoken decisively.feedback

Jun 24 2016 - Scottish independence

I want a Remain result in every part of the UK and right across the UK, that's what I hope we're celebrating on Friday. Our manifesto though for the Scottish election last month said that if Scotland faced the prospect of being taken out of the EU against our will, having voted to stay in, then of course the Scottish parliament should have the right to propose a second referendum.feedback

Jun 24 2016 - Scottish independence

The vote here makes clear that the people of Scotland see their future as part of the European Union… Scotland has spoken – and spoken decisively.feedback

Jun 09 2016 - Scottish referendum

To ensure that all options are open to us, this programme for government makes clear that we will consult on the draft referendum bill so it is ready for immediate introduction if we conclude that independence is the best or only way to protect Scotland's interests.feedback

May 06 2016

The SNP has won a third consecutive Scottish Parliament election. That has never been done before in the history of the Scottish Parliament.feedback

May 06 2016

What we are seeing tonight is the SNP replacing Labour.feedback

Feb 29 2016 - Scottish independence

If less than two years later (after the independence referendum) Scotland was to find itself taken out of the European Union against our will, because we had chosen to stay in the United Kingdom, it's not hard to see why that might lead to a growing clamour for a further referendum.feedback

Feb 29 2016

Let me absolutely clear, I want the vote on the 23rd of June to result in an overwhelming victory across all parts of the UK for remaining in the EU.feedback

Feb 28 2016 - Nuclear weapons

I don't want to see Faslane close. I have long argued Faslane should be a conventional naval base, and of course, there needs to be investment and diversification in making sure that we create alternative jobs for people who currently work in Trident nuclear weapons. But you know we need to make sure that we invest scarce resources in things that create good jobs and improve our public services.feedback

Feb 21 2016 - Xenophobia

He would back Britain's exit from the European Union in a June 23 referendum.feedback

Jun 11 2015 - Scottish independence

People in Scotland are watching quite carefully just now to see how David Cameron's government responds. If it responds well, then the message people will take is that Westminster is responsive, it is adaptable, it can serve Scotland better. If it doesn't then that message will be a very different one.feedback

Jun 11 2015

There's no doubt that there's a very palpable sense of concern at the prospect of the UK coming out of the EU and an interest in how that debate will develop.feedback

Jun 02 2015

I will argue in the EU referendum that the UK should stay in because I think that it's overwhelmingly in our interest.feedback

May 08 2015

If the parliamentary arithmetics mean that there is anti-Tories majority, then SNP stands ready to work with Labour to lock David Cameron out of Downing Street. If that proves not to be the case because Labour failed to beat Conservatives in England, then the SNP MPs will go to Westminster to stand up for Scotland and to protect Scotland against the Tory government.feedback

May 05 2015

My offer to Ed Miliband: if he's prepared to be better than the Tories, then I'm prepared to work with him, to allow him to replace the Tories.feedback

Apr 05 2015

We won't just serve Scotland's interests – though we will most certainly do that. But we will seek to do more than that – we will also seek to play our part in bringing about positive, long-lasting and progressive change right across the UK.feedback

Nov 14 2014

We've just had referendum. When I hear people talking about the timing of another referendum it does always strike me that it's not just about what I do. The other parties, the Westminster parties, if they want to stem rise in demand for a referendum then they have to do the things they promised as well, starting with delivering these more powers.feedback

Sep 17 2014 - Scottish independence

They won't tell us what powers they are talking about. They don't agree between themselves what more powers should come to Scotland and we're already seeing MPs from south of the border saying they'll block any more powers for Scotland.feedback

Sep 08 2014 - Scottish independence

If people in Scotland want the substantial powers to protect our public services, create jobs, make sure we don't end up with Tory governments we don't vote for, then the only way to guarantee that is to vote yes.feedback

Jun 15 2009

Any death is a tragedy. It's sad, but important to stress to the public the death of this patient doesn't mean the virus has become more serious.feedback

Mar 03 2009

A Scottish woman is more likely to die of an alcohol-related disease than an English man.feedback

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