Nicola Sturgeon backs Irish Government on backstop stance

‘To leave this successful developing market place makes no economic sense whatsoever,’ Scottish first minister says

While Scotland valued the practical benefits of EU membership “we also value the principles that he EU exemplifies – that nations can and should co-operate as equals for the common good,” Nicola Sturgeon said. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

While Scotland valued the practical benefits of EU membership “we also value the principles that he EU exemplifies – that nations can and should co-operate as equals for the common good,” Nicola Sturgeon said. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The Irish Government should not change its negotiating stance on Brexit, Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon has said, as she threw her support behind Taoiseach Leo Varadkar over the backstop.

Speaking to The Irish Times in Washington DC, Ms Sturgeon said she did not believe the Government needed to be more flexible around its demands for a backstop, the insurance policy to avoid a hard border in Ireland, amid calls from London for Ireland to compromise on its demands.

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