Nicola Sturgeon returns from North America visit after promoting Scottish trade and independence

Nicola Sturgeon returns from North America visit after promoting Scottish trade and independence

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited the United States and Canada in order to promote trade links and Scottish Independence.

During the past week, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s schedule has been quite busy as she visited the United States and Canada in order to promote trade links and Scottish Independence.

Before embarking on her week-long travel, she stated that “this visit will build on the existing links between our countries and provide new opportunities for us to work together and learn from each other’s expertise in areas including climate change, renewables and gender equality.”

“With the shadow of Brexit hanging over our economy, it is more important now than ever to reassure businesses that Scotland is an open and welcoming country and an attractive place to invest in, visit and live.”

The First Minister’s visit began in Washington DC, where she delivered a speech at Georgetown University concerning Brexit and its implications for Scotland.

She then travelled to New York, where she met with UN Women executive director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to discuss gender equality across the globe.

The main purpose of her visit, however, was to put Scotland on the map when it comes to trade, particularly with Brexit edging closer.

Sturgeon’s stance on Brexit and Scottish independence are widely known, and her North American week-long visit appears to have been a public statement to the world in regards to her position on these issues.

Indeed, writing for The National after her return on the weekend, the First Minister stated that “Whatever the challenges of Brexit, Scotland remains very much open for business. The reality of Brexit means it is more vital than ever that we promote Scotland to the world.”

One of the best examples of this economic promotion is the recent opening of a Scottish Government office in Ottawa, Canada, as a means to strengthen economic ties and develop relationships between the two nations in important policy areas such as climate change, inequality and social enterprise.

During an interview with Michael Martin on the CNN current affairs show Amanpour & Company, Sturgeon was asked whether she believes that Scotland will be applying to the European Union as an independent nation in the next three to five years.

Notably, she replied that “I would love to think so and think it will. I’m not going to put a particular timescale on it right now but in the not too distant future, I think Scotland will be an independent country looking to join the EU and looking to take a seat the United Nations.”

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