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Glasgow - 16 January, 2017
1. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's First Minister:
"I think the reality is Brexit is going to be damaging for the UK economy. You know, we saw the (UK) Chancellor, Phillip Hammond, yesterday basically admit that, but even more worrying than that, suggest that the UK government might try to compensate for the loss of competitiveness with a race to the bottom - a low tax, low wage, deregulated economy. Now if that happens, you will see workers rights, environmental standards, social protections, undermined, and I think that should deeply trouble everybody, because it becomes then not just a question of 'should we be in or out of the EU,' that actually starts to become a fundamental question of what kind of country do we want to be."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's First Minister:
"I'll wait and hear what (UK Prime Minister) Theresa May has to say. What I have said stands and everybody knows what I have said previously. We will see what Theresa May has to say, but, you know, I have to say that the hints about what she is likely to say and the comments of Phillip Hammond in the German newspaper are deeply troubling. And I think they should be troubling to those who voted 'leave' as well as to those who voted 'remain,' because what they suggest is a radical change - and these are the words that Phillip Hammond used - to the economic model of the UK. Now many people think that the economic model should change, but not in the way that he is describing. What he is describing is a race the bottom - a sort of bargain basement economy where the UK government will try to attract business to the UK by offering lower taxes, lower wages, less regulation in terms of workers rights. And I think whether they voted 'leave or 'remain,' that starts to raise pretty profound and fundamental questions of what kind of country we want want to be. And for Scotland, not just what kind of country we want to be, but who gets to decide that, because this is not a path that the majority of people in Scotland voted to take."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's First Minister:
"I will wait to hear what Theresa May has to say. I've said what I have said, I've been very clear that the option of an independence referendum has to be on the table, because if it isn't then Scotland risks being taken down a really damaging path with no control over the future of our own country. But I have published proposals that would keep the UK in the single market, would keep Scotland in the single market if the rest of the UK chooses to leave, a paper putting forward proposals for substantial new powers for the Scottish Parliament. So I've set out my stall, and I think that at the moment it's reasonable, now, to wait and hear what Theresa May has to say."
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Monday that the outlook of some conservative ministers' on Brexit was "deeply troubling."
Sturgeon said she would wait to see what UK Prime Minister Theresa May had to say, but hints of what she was likely to say - paired with comments from Chancellor Phillip Hammond over potential tax changes to the UK - were unsettling.
Sturgeon said Hammond's suggestions were a radical change to the economic model of the United Kingdom and constituted a "race to the bottom" that would leave people worse off.
Under pressure to reveal her Brexit blueprint, May's office said she will call for a "truly global Britain" that is more open to the world when she sets out plans for negotiations with the EU in a speech later this week.
Hammond told the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag that Britain is prepared to "do whatever we have to do," including turning away from Europe and towards other markets, to protect its economy.
Hammond also suggested that Britain could cut taxes to encourage companies to move to the UK.
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