“Make no mistake, the growth of our economy right now is threatened not just by the prospect of losing our place in the single market – disastrous though that would be.
It is also the deeply damaging – and utterly shameful – message that the Tories’ rhetoric about foreign workers is sending.
And the uncertainty that message brings to our public services and Scottish employers. More than ever, we need to tell our European friends that Scotland is open for business.
Let me be crystal clear about this – Scotland cannot trust the likes of Boris Johnson and Liam Fox to represent us.
They are retreating to the fringes of #Europe, we intend to stay at its very heart where Scotland belongs.
We are in a completely new era. A new political era and a new battle of ideas.
A new era for our parliament, with new powers and responsibilities, and a new era for our relationship with Europe and the wider world.”
So says Nicola Sturgeon as she announces plans to set up a trade and innovation hub in Berlin, along with new trade staff in a bid to boost Scottish exports across Europe.