Ms Sturgeon is heading to London to urge Mrs May to negotiate with Scotland and Wales in a bid to build a second EU referendum following the majority of MPs rejecting the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal. The SNP leader said Mrs May had “clearly failed to bring the country together” demanding the Prime Minister now “changes course” and involves all regions of the UK in her Brexit plans. The staunch Remainer said: “Urgent and meaningful discussions are needed in the next days to agree a way forward which can command a majority in the House of Commons, and which has the confidence and support of the devolved administrations.”
After the historic vote last night, Sturgeon tweeted: “It is becoming increasingly clear that Scotland’s wider interests will only be protected with independence.”
She has sent a letter to Mrs May saying she will be increasing her support of a second EU referendum.
Ms Sturgeon has also called for a meeting of the Joint Ministerial Council, which brings together the heads of the devolved administrations with the UK Government.
In the letter, Ms Sturgeon said: “The Scottish Government believes that the best way of resolving the current impasse is to negotiate an extension to the Article 50 period and hold a second EU referendum.
“Given the rejection of your deal we will now be intensifying work towards the achievement of that aim.”
Ms Sturgeon has confirmed her party would back Jeremy Corbyn’s no confidence motion, which the Labour Party hopes will spark a general election.
She said the “historic” scale of the defeat of the vote has shown the country has “reached the point where it would be unconscionable to kick the can any further down the road.”
She has also said: “What must happen now is clear.
“Firstly, and most urgently, the clock must be stopped on the Article 50 process. This is the only way to avoid any possibility of the UK crashing out of the EU on 29 March without a deal.
“Secondly, legislation must be brought forward to put this issue back to the electorate in another referendum.
“The government has had more than two and a half years to deliver a workable Brexit plan and it has completely failed to do so. The notion that it can do so now in a matter of weeks is farcical.”
Some Conservative MPs have accused the First Minister of using the Brexit vote to push her own agenda of a second independence referendum.
Tory MP for Stirling, Stephen Kerr, said: “The SNP has been clear again this morning by Nicola Sturgeon’s tweet, they are only interested in this subject for one reason and that is to bring about the second independence referendum.
“Nicola Sturgeon was up at the crack of dawn on her way to London and she took time to tweet about a second independence referendum.”