SNP MPs step forward to replace ousted Angus Robertson as Westminster leader

She also said the Brexit negotiating team should include representatives from Britain's devolved governments.

Sturgeon flew to London on Monday morning to meet her reduced group of 35 Scottish National party MPs at Westminster.

"The EU itself has expressed concerns that time is passing and the United Kingdom has yet to appoint a negotiating team with a stable mandate, so close to the start of talks", she added.

Downing Street has rejected the Scottish Government's demands.

"The proposals contained in the Scottish Government document, "Scotland's Place in Europe", provide a blueprint for this approach".

Ms Sturgeon has told the Prime Minister that to do so Scotland and the other devolved governments must be included in the negotiations with the EU.

The SNP's drive to raise £1 million for a second independence referendum campaign appears to have been quietly shut down in the wake of the party losing 21 seats in the general election last week.

The Tory cabal kicking up a hard Brexit approach is dead in the water", she added."It is imperative that we now build a cross-party, all-government approach to Brexit that will protect all of our interests at this highly uncertain time.

"In meantime, @ScotGov will focus on trying to influence Brexit talks- a Tory led Brexit is simply not acceptable post #GE2017".

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".

Six out of ten Scots want Nicola Sturgeon to drop her demand for a second independence referendum, according to a new survey published ahead of her first confrontation with Ruth Davidson since last week's General Election.

"I have said that I will reflect on the election result in Scotland, listen to voters and consider carefully the best way forward for Scotland", she wrote in her letter. It will not be possible for the United Kingdom to effectively implement the outcome of the Brexit negotiations without the co-operation of devolved governments.
"It is therefore essential that we are part of the negotiating process".

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".

Meanwhile, talks are continuing between the Tories and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

  • Zachary Reyes