Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, visited Berlin on 9 August. She met the Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office, Michael Roth.
Sturgeon told the German Minister of State about Scotland’s perspective with regard to the UK referendum on the EU, which saw a majority vote to leave the EU on 23 June. In contrast to the overall result, 62 % of the electorate in Scotland voted to remain in the EU.
Discussions on the situation in the European Union
Minister of State Roth and First Minister Sturgeon also talked about the current state of affairs within the European Union. Roth made it clear that Europe could only weather the coming trials by standing together and that the German Government would work hard to boost both the EU’s capability and cohesion within Europe. He said the European Union was much more than an internal market and had to strengthen its role as a community of shared values.
After the meeting, Minister of State Roth made the following statement: “This has been a very pleasant and constructive conversation between two dedicated pro-Europeans and has demonstrated once again that a degree of Europe’s strength lies in its diversity. I hope that the UK finds a way forward that will benefit Europe as a whole in the end.”
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon added, “Today’s discussion has been a welcome and constructive opportunity to strengthen our relations, to discuss the way forward for the European Union and how all voices can be heard in that process. Scotland chose to remain in the European Union, and the solidarity shown toward Scotland as an enthusiastic part of the EU – demonstrated once again in today’s talks here in Berlin – has been very welcome.”