New Brexit proposals 'urgently needed', Nicola Sturgeon tells Theresa May

Scottish Labour election manager James Kelly said: "Scotland won't be fooled by Nicola Sturgeon's desperate plan to rebrand her divisive referendum".

In a letter dated June 13, Sturgeon urged May to maintain Britain's membership of the EU's single market to "bring clarity, in place of the current confusion, and provide a coherent base for the UK's future relationship with the EU".

"The strongest possible position in the Brexit negotiations will be one that is backed by all parties and all governments across the United Kingdom".

Nicola Sturgeon has questioned the UK Government's ability to negotiate Brexit as she called for talks to be paused following the election.

Ms Sturgeon said: "Now that the Queen's Speech has been postponed, questions have been raised about what has been cooked up behind closed doors and is it possible for this Prime Minister - notwithstanding what she said on Friday - to put together a Government that is functional and sustainable".

Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, campaigned before the election for the United Kingdom to guarantee European Union citizens rights but John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, confirmed on Sunday Labour did not agree with attempting to retain membership of the single market after Brexit.

Following last week's General Election Angus Robertson who won the leadership contest only past year was not reelected.

Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Tory leader, loyally supported May's tougher stance on the UK's Brexit position before the election, but has now stressed the need for the United Kingdom to seek "the freest trade possible" and an "open Brexit, not a closed one, which puts our country's economic growth first".

Previous demands for a seat at the table and a call for a special deal to keep Scotland in the single market were rejected by the UK Government, prompting Ms Sturgeon to call for a second independence referendum.

This means that the SNP have to select a new Westminster Group Leader.

She has admitted the issue of another independence ballot was a factor in last Thursday's vote, and said the party will reflect on its plans amid calls for it to be taken off the table.

Mrs May's official spokesman said: "We gave a commitment right at the very outset of this process to consult with the devolved administrations and that remains the case".

  • Leroy Wright