SNP MPs step forward to replace ousted Angus Robertson as Westminster leader

SNP set to unveil new leader in Westminster

The SNP's proposals include the involvement of the devolved governments in the negotiations, and a cross-party advisory group to be set up with representatives from the devolved administrations, to agree a new position for the United Kingdom and oversee the talks.

The SNP's proposals include the involvement of the devolved governments in the negotiations, and a cross-party advisory group to be set up with representatives from the devolved administrations, to agree a new position for the United Kingdom and oversee the talks.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has called on British Prime Minister Theresa May to pause Brexit talks until a cross-party consensus can be built in the wake of the recent general election results.

Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon will today issue a call for the government to pursue a "four nation" approach to Brexit planning, as hopes grow of a softer departure from the EU.

She said: "The idea that the United Kingdom led by this Prime Minister and this Government can just blunder into negotiations starting one week today, I just don't think it's a credible proposition".

Ms Sturgeon is also under pressure to remove her husband, Peter Murrell, as the SNP's chief executive, amid criticism of the party's campaign and his ability to be objective. "I have said I will reflect on the outcome of the election and I will do that carefully".

Former SNP justice secretary Kenneth MacAskill has said Ms Sturgeon should appoint a deputy to Mr Murrell with a view to replacing him within a year.

Mr Robertson lost his Moray seat, which he had held since 2001, to the Conservatives.

In a post on twitter, he wrote: "Dear SNP. The approach that the government was taking can no longer stand". "Show we're listening. No fingers in ears".

Sturgeon acknowledged plans for a second independence referendum were "undoubtedly" a factor in the party's election performance.

"The reality is the SNP's plan for a divisive second referendum took a battering last Thursday and SNP politicians now don't know if they are dropping plans for a referendum or not".

The SNP remained the largest party in Scotland with 35 seats, but lost 21 of its 56 constituencies compared with 2015. "She should now get back to the day job of running our schools and hospitals".

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