New blow for Nicola Sturgeon as Brexit deal for Scotland branded 'difficult to see'

The junior minister told the Commons he could not see how one part of the UK could remain in the European single market if the rest was not.

Scottish First Minister has said she is looking at ways to keep the country in the trade bloc, which would probably result in different arrangements north and south of the border.

SNP MP Roger Mullin (Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath) asked Mr Jones: “Can you outline the benefits of Scotland securing full membership of the single market post-Brexit?”

One Tory MP could be heard saying: “It’ll be a short answer.”

Mr Jones replied to Mr Mullin: “I have to say I find it extremely difficult to see how one part of the United Kingdom could remain part of the single market while the rest was not.

“I would refer you to what the First Minister of Wales (Carwyn Jones) said only the other day, when he said he couldn’t see how there could be separate market arrangements between different nations in the UK that share the same land mass.”

Ms Sturgeon has previously said the Scottish Government is considering the options of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and European Economic Area (EEA).

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