"All options should be on the table" after Brexit: Nicola Sturgeon

The Scottish First Minister is on a two-day visit to Dublin

"All options should be on the table" after Brexit: Nicola Sturgeon

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Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says "all options should be on the table" when it comes to the country's future relationship with the EU.

Ms Sturgeon says the effects of Scotland leaving the EU and the single market are unprecedented, and all options should be examined.

Speaking after her meeting with Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan, she said it's her job to make sure Brexit's effects on Scotland are as mild as possible.

"What we need to and what the Scottish government is doing is looking to see whether there are practical ways in which those practical challenges can be overcome, and if we can find those ways, then it comes down to whether there's the political will to make them happen," she said.

She also agreed with Taoiseach Enda Kenny's most recent comments on Brexit, saying it would take longer than two years for Article 50 to come into effect.

Speaking after the meeting, Minister Flanagan said Ireland's priorities following Brexit are "preserving our strong Irish-British bilateral relationships" and  "preserving peace and prosperity in Northern Ireland".

Earlier, she met with President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina at Áras an Uachtaráin.

Scottish exports to Ireland are worth stg£1.125bn (€1.31bn), and Irish investment into Scotland currently supports more than 6,000 jobs.

Ms Sturgeon will also address the Seanad on Tuesday.

Trinity award

Meanwhile, Ms Sturgeon was awarded gold medal by Trinity College's debating society, the Philosophical Society this evening.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (front, second left) and the Provost of Trinity College Dublin, Patrick Prendergast (front left) are joined by 22 members of the Philosophical Society at Trinity College Dublin. Image: Niall Carson PA Wire/PA Images

Welcoming the First Minister, Trinity Provost & President, Patrick Prendergast, said: “We are honoured by the First Minister’s visit to Trinity College Dublin, Ireland's leading university.

"We have close links with Scotland in higher education [...] These ties are especially important at a time when Brexit has presented so many challenges for us, on both sides of the water. This is a time for us to redouble our efforts to work together in Trinity, and in the higher education sector in Ireland and Scotland.”