1. Nicola Sturgeon greets Gwen Edwards at investment roundtable event.
2. Sturgeon shakes hands with attendees at investment roundtable.
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish First Minister
"My trip to the United States is to focus very much on trade and business relationships. Scotland and the United States have a long-standing relationship. America is one of our most important markets, also the source of much of our foreign direct investment so this is an opportunity to try to strengthen those links."
4. Sturgeon speaking with people at event.
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish First Minister
"I think people in Scotland should have a choice about our own future. But it's important that before the choice is exercised, the terms of Brexit, the terms in which the U.K. will interact with the European Union in the future, are clear and also the terms of becoming an independent country are clear as well. So we've set out a timetable of sometime from the autumn of next year through to the spring of 2019. And that's a timetable that would allow people in Scotland to make an informed choice about the future."
6. Gwen Edwards introducing Sturgeon.
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish First Minister
"Well obviously if the timetable that the United Kingdom is working for just now slips, then yes that has implications for the timetable of the Scottish referendum. But we have to work right now on the basis on which the prime minister of the United Kingdom is working, and she has indicated her intention is to have trade deal agreed before the U.K. leaves the EU. Now that may slip, it may not work out like that and of course we have to monitor that and judge the implications for the people of Scotland making a choice, but at the moment we can only work on the basis of what the stated intentions of the prime minister are."
8. Sturgeon speaking with people at event.
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish First Minister
"I don't think Brexit is good for the UK, but the UK overall voted to leave the European Union and I respect that. Scotland didn't vote to leave the European Union. The majority - the significant majority of people who voted voted to remain. The European single market is important to Scotland's economy. Being able to trade freely in that market is important for jobs and investment in Scotland and therefore I think it's important to seek to protect that. There's also an importance to independent countries cooperating on issues of mutual concern. I've been discussing here in California with the governor today the issue of climate change. Climate change is one area where cooperation across the European Union is really important. So for hardheaded economic reasons but also for reasons of cooperation I think Scotland should seek to stay in Europe and protect our place in Europe."
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Monday signed a climate change agreement with California's governor and met with Silicon Valley executives and investors on the first day of a five-day visit to the United States.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Sturgeon said she is visiting the U.S. to strengthen its trade and business relationships with "one of its most important markets."
As the United Kingdom negotiates to leave the European Union, Sturgeon said Scotland is planning to hold a referendum on Scottish independence sometime between fall 2018 and spring 2019, but the timetable could be impacted by the EU's decision to delay a trade deal with the UK.
Sturgeon said she respects the U.K's decision to leave the EU, but the majority of Scottish voters voted to remain, so they should be able to "have a choice about their own future."
On Monday, she signed a climate change agreement with California Gov. Jerry Brown in Sacramento, toured Tesla Motors' Silicon Valley facility and held a roundtable discussion on connecting Scottish women entrepreneurs with American investors.
On Tuesday, she plans to deliver a speech about "Scotland's Place in the World" at Stanford University before heading to New York.