Soft Brexit could take independence ‘off table’ in short term – News

She added: #8220;I think there#8217;s a lot of consensus starting to build around some of those additional powers, for example around immigration.

#8220;We#8217;ve put forward very detailed plans about how we avoid a hard Brexit and the reason it#8217;s important to avoid a hard Brexit, let#8217;s not forget, is because that will have a devastating impact on our economy and on jobs.

She said: #8220;We want to try to work with others across the UK, across the political spectrum, to try to keep the UK in the single market.#8221;

#8220;So I#8217;m in a sense willing to put aside my preferred option of independence in the EU to see if we can explore a consensus and compromise option.#8221;

The Conservatives, Labour and the Lib Dems have all spoken out against a second independence vote, while the Greens are in favour of it.

Ms Sturgeon said if that could not be done then her government had put forward a plan to UK ministers detailing how Scotland could retain access to the market, that included devolving more powers to Holyrood.

Ms Sturgeon said she favoured Scotland remaining in the European Union as an independent country, and her government is currently consulting on a draft bill for a second independence referendum.

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