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    Nicola Sturgeon: There Should Be a Brexit Backstop Option for Scotland

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    Nicola Sturgeon said the day before that she could not expect the Scottish National Party lawmakers to support the existing format of the Brexit deal.

    Scotland should come up with its own version of the Brexit "backstop" scheme which is currently being negotiated on for the Irish border by the European Union and the United Kingdom, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Monday.

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    "That would be my position," the official said when asked if Scotland had come up with its own version of the Irish backstop plan.

    Earlier on Sunday, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that she and her party SNP would back a new referendum on Britain's withdrawal from the European Union if Parliament gets to vote on it.

    The minister also commented on the issue of Scottish independence stressing that the next steps for its resolution would become clearer only when the Brexit measure will become more comprehensive. She emphasized further that she could not expect the Scottish National Party lawmakers to support the Brexit deal in its existing format.

    The Scottish minister's comments come when the European Union and the United Kingdom have less than six months to reach an agreement on Brexit before the latter is scheduled to withdraw from the pact. However, the existing differences create a risk of a no-deal Brexit at the March 29, 2019 deadline.

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