Sturgeon asks for a seat at the Brexit negotiating table

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Scotland's First Minister made it clear that the general election would be the main focus for her party (SNP) and that she hopes it will give Scotland a "stronger voice" in formulating Brexit terms, and eventually, demanding another independence referendum.

She added that "by necessity" Scotland might have to pursue membership of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) before achieving full membership.

Senior EU figures have said Scotland would not be able to inherit the UK's membership and would have to join a lost of five "candidate" countries - Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey.

The First Minister wants to make her call to maintain Scotland's place in the single market a "fundamental pillar of the UK's negotiating remit".

"My proposition is just that when we get to the end of the Brexit process, and when we know what the terms of Brexit are, Scotland should have a choice, and that is my simple argument", she said.

Nicola Sturgeon has hailed the SNP's "decade of delivery" as she marked the 10th anniversary of her party coming to power.

"It means that in this seat, as in many others, it is a two-horse race between us and the Nationalists".

In fact, all new European Union members who joined in 2004 (Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Cyprus and Malta), in 2007 (Bulgaria and Romania) and Croatia in 2013, are under the obligation to join the euro, according to their accession treaties.

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Plante added that accidents at Yeager are rare and that the runway's length is on par with major airports in NY and Chicago. The proposal calls for lengthening the runway from about 6,800 feet (2,073 meters) to 8,000 feet (2,438 meters).

Having spent five years as health secretary under her predecessor Alex Salmond, Ms Sturgeon highlighted improvements to the NHS north of the border - where one of the policies brought in by the SNP has been free prescriptions.

Jackson Carlaw, the Scottish Conservative leader, said Sturgeon was playing political games with the electorate.

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"When we come to an independence referendum, if we come to an independence referendum, these issues will be subject to the greatest of scrutiny. And her flirtation with Efta would leave us with all the obligations but no voice in decision-making".

Since then, Ms Sturgeon, who leads Scotland's devolved government, has been arguing that the country should be allowed to hold a referendum on independence at a time of its choosing.

Ms Sturgeon was also questioned on her plans for the currency of an independent Scotland.

During the meeting with staff and students the First Minister also said that scrapping the Erasmus scheme would be "bonkers". At the same time, there had been a worsening performance gap between the least and most well-off pupils, after 10 years of Scottish National party government.

Ms Dugdale said that while the SNP "has done nothing to stop austerity", Labour's proposals would redistribute wealth across the UK.

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