Sturgeon admitted that keeping Scotland in the European single market would be difficult and that the special arrangements that Scotland seeks are not something that can be easily achieved.
"We know that the rest of the EU will negotiate with the UK Government, but it is important to us that we get that message across, that Scotland wants to remain part of the European family," Sturgeon stressed on Friday, urging the conference participants to tell their "fellow citizens that Scotland believes in European co-operation as a vehicle for positive change."
On June 23, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. While English voters largely backed leaving the bloc, voters in Scotland and Northern Ireland mostly voted "remain."
Following the referendum, Sturgeon said that Scotland would consider taking a vote on independence one more time after the September 2014 referendum, claiming that the Brexit referendum outcome neglected Scotland’s willingness to stay in the European Union.