Theresa May Meets Nicola Sturgeon in Downing Street

Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has met Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish First Minister, in Downing Street today. Both leaders said that progress was made, especially on Brexit discussions, although final agreement has yet to be reached.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said:

“The Prime Minister met the First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon in Downing Street today. Both discussed domestic issues, including the recent allegations of improper behaviour and sexual assault in politics and agreed this behaviour was completely unacceptable. They agreed to work collaboratively to ensure that the right systems are in place to protect and support those working across the UK’s parliamentary institutions.

They spoke about the UK’s EU exit – the Prime Minister said that it remains her priority to provide certainty to businesses and people both in Scotland and across the country, as well as protecting our UK internal market.

They spoke about progress in agreeing principles on common frameworks at the recent Joint Ministerial Committee and the Prime Minister reiterated that as powers are repatriated from Brussels back to Britain there will be a significant increase in the decision-making powers for the Scottish Government and other devolved administrations.

The Prime Minister encouraged the Scottish Government to continue to work with counterparts to secure the best outcome for the people of Scotland and the whole of the UK.

The First Minister spoke about BiFab who has filed a notice of intention to appoint administrators with the Scottish Courts. The Prime Minister said this is a worrying time for the workers of BiFab and their families and the UK Government is ready to provide whatever support we can”.

Nicola Sturgeon said after the meeting:

“We developed a better understanding of each other’s positions, and I made clear that the Scottish government wants to find agreement on the withdrawal bill.

We oppose Brexit, but we understand withdrawal legislation is necessary, so we want to find agreement. But I also made clear what our bottom lines are on that bill, so discussions will continue and hopefully we can reach some points of agreement in the weeks to come”.