Sturgeon asks for a seat at the Brexit negotiating table

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This newspaper obtained correspondence between Ms Sturgeon, other SNP ministers and civil servants in the run-up to the report's publication.

However, Ms Sturgeon said she was not concerned about losing the seat.

Scottish Labour said that its pledges to boost the minimum wage to £10 an hour and invest in local services would help tackle poverty, whereas further cuts by the Tory government at Westminster and the SNP administration in Edinburgh would drive more families into poverty and reliance on foodbanks.

"We have to set out... the process for regaining or retaining, depending on where we are in the Brexit process, European Union membership", she said.

Meanwhile, she said the Tories "who for years have mounted ideological attacks on policies as diverse as free prescriptions and council house building have now - albeit belatedly and with little credibility - decided that they are both a good thing".

"Now, in a cynical attempt to win back Leave voters who have deserted the SNP, she now refuses to say whether an independent Scotland would go back in".

'I think people, if they stop and think about a Scottish Government that's got more powers than any previous Scottish Government, that's got a bigger budget than any previous Scottish Government, what they could have done in 10 years if they hadn't spent so much time trying to rip Scotland out of the United Kingdom and continuing to do so.

She told BBC Radio Scotland: "Because we as the Scottish government, the SNP, are not in charge of the Brexit process right now we don't know exactly what that is going to be like, how that is going to unfold".

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He said: "The SNP are rattled".

"Only then can we protect Scotland from the dangers of an unopposed Tory government at Westminster and continue to make Scotland the best country it can be".

"Over the past 10 years we have worked every day to make Scotland a better country", she stated.

During the meeting with staff and students the First Minister also said that scrapping the Erasmus scheme would be "bonkers". It's about how much money we have to spend on schools and hospitals, what money wages and pensions will be paid in, and will determine how families pay the bills.

"The Erasmus programme which has grown and grown fantastically since I did it is something that I think has a real tangible benefit".

Incumbent NE Fife SNP candidate Stephen Gethins reaffirmed his commitment to the erasmus scheme, stating "It's something that's quite personal to me because it formed a part of my own educational development".

Mr Gethins stated that the First Minister's visit was "to put Europe on the agenda in this election".

Past year the Scottish Conservatives fought the Holyrood election on a pledge to bring back the charges in Scotland, which they said had cost the NHS £60 million. "And we can stand up for investment in education and mental health".

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