Sturgeon in Berlin for post-Brexit vote talks

Germany's Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth met Nicola Sturgeon

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon travelled to Berlin on Tuesday for talks with the German Government, discussing the EU referendum result and the next steps for the EU, the UK and Scotland.

Sturgeon met Germany’s Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth and the Scottish Government said the First Minister set out Scotland’s perspective on the referendum result and her determination to explore all options to protect Scotland’s interests.

Scotland voted in favour of remaining in the EU by 62% to 38% but the UK as a whole voting to leave the EU by 51.9% to 48.1%.

All 32 council areas in Scotland returned majorities to remain in the EU.

Speaking after the meeting, Sturgeon said: “Scotland chose to remain in the European Union, and the solidarity shown toward Scotland as an enthusiastic part of the EU — demonstrated once again in today’s talks here in Berlin — has been very welcome.”

Roth said: “This has been a very pleasant and constructive conversation between two dedicated pro-Europeans and has demonstrated once again that a degree of Europe’s strength lies in its diversity.

“I hope that the UK finds a way forward that will benefit Europe as a whole in the end.”