Westminster must grant Scotland the powers to remain in the European Union

FRAMED by the elegant backdrop of Bute House, before the world’s media, the First Minister yesterday made a cogent, impassioned plea for the next best option.

We all know her first choice for Scotland is independence. But yesterday she set her own feelings aside to protect Scotland’s economic prospects in the face of Brexit.

She argued for a compromise with fiery conviction.

As another European leader, the 19th century German chancellor Otto Von Bismark, said: “Politics is the art of the possible, the attainable – the art of the next best.”

Blinkered little Britainers will rush to attack the SNP’s suggested compromise.

That’s rich, considering that their proposal for the future is to commandeer the Royal Yacht Britannia and pretend they are Sir Walter Raleigh.

They think Britain can swashbuckle its way to a free trade future.

That’s a dangerous fantasy.

These people have the cheek to tell Nicola she is being unrealistic.

Unlike them, Scotland now has a fully worked-out plan.

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