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Scottish Government demands clarity over Brexit deal

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As speculation grows that Theresa May has almost reached a deal with the European Union, the details remain secret up until now.

The Scottish Government are now asking to see the full details of the current proposals so that they can analyse the implications for Scotland.

Prime Minister Theresa May is due to meet with her cabinet today.  The devolved assemblies plan to meet later on this afternoon.

The SNP have told Theresa May that details of the deal must now be shared with both the government and the devolved parliaments.

Despite having reached an important deadline, as of last night, the deal had not yet been finalised, but talks are said to be "positive."

The issue of the Irish border is said to be the main issue that's holding back progress.

Several of Theresa May's Cabinet Ministers have now resigned as they've not been happy with the Prime Minister's handling of Brexit.

Jo Johnson resigned during the weekend from his role as Transport Minister.  Johnson told reporters that he believed Theresa May's Brexit deal would not deliver the outcome that people had voted for, and suggested that a 2nd referendum should now take place.

Scottish Brexit secretary Mike Russell said that details of the deal should now be given to the devolved administrations.  He said, "The latest proposed Brexit deal must be shared with the Scottish government as a matter of urgency, on the same basis as the access granted to UK ministers.

"Given what is at stake for jobs and living standards it is imperative devolved administrations are able to scrutinise the UK's plans."

"People in Scotland voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU and we are seeking to protect Scotland's interests as much as possible. Clearly that is harder to do if we are being kept in the dark."

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