Sturgeon: Scotland wants to be European Union member, but doesn't want the euro

She will say it is more vital than ever to have strong SNP voices "standing up for Scotland".

The First Minister said the party would continue to be "Scotland's bulwark" against the dangers of an unopposed Tory government.

In response, Mike Weir, SNP candidate for re-election as an MP for Angus, said: "The position of the Conservatives is one of breath-taking hypocrisy".

Sturgeon has called for a referendum on Scottish independence after she said the British government dismissed her request for Scotland to be given special dispensation to stay in Europe's single market.

She told BBC Radio Scotland: "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".

Ms Dugdale will visit Better World Books in Dunfermline where she will say Scotland has 4,000 fewer teachers and 1,000 fewer school support staff since the SNP came to office in 2007.

The First Minister also criticised Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson for attempting to "stir up division" over the constitution.

"But in this election if we want to have a chance of protecting our place in the single market on which 80,000 Scottish jobs depend, then vote SNP to strengthen our hand to try to do that".

"That's the brutal reality of two governments more obsessed with the constitution than delivering for working families".

"Even the Tories who have spent the last 10 years criticising council house building, criticising free prescriptions have now changed their tune - albeit belatedly and not with much credibility".

"But we can be proud in Scotland that when it comes to progressive policies, we are leading the UK".

"I think people, if they stop and think about a Scottish Government that's got more powers than any previous Scottish Government, that's got a bigger budget than any previous Scottish Government, what they could have done in 10 years if they hadn't spent so much time trying to rip Scotland out of the United Kingdom and continuing to do so. Tory MPs will be a rubber-stamp for Theresa May, Labour's not fit to be in opposition".

"In the NHS, young people still have to wait up to 600 days to get the mental health treatment they need".

This newspaper obtained correspondence between Ms Sturgeon, other SNP ministers and civil servants in the run-up to the report's publication.

Kezia Dugdale, the Scottish Labour leader, said the first minister "is trying to use Brexit as the excuse for another divisive referendum, but won't be straight with people about her position on European Union membership".

  • Salvatore Jensen