Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has spoken out to recommend that the UK stays in the EU.

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Speaking in Brussels, Sturgeon highlighted benefits of EU membership and its impact on jobs and investment:

 “I firmly believe that membership of Europe is in Scotland’s best interests – and have done for all of my adult life.

“We value Scotland’s place in Europe, and the benefits it brings in terms of jobs and investment – with more than 300,000 Scottish jobs estimated to be associated with our exports to the European Union.

“Perhaps most fundamentally of all, the freedom to travel, study and work across Europe has brought major benefits to Scotland. At present there are 171,000 people from elsewhere in the European Union who live and work in Scotland.

“They contribute hugely to the diversity of our culture, the prosperity of our economy, and the strength of our society.”

Polls consistently show Scotland is much more in favour of remaining in the EU than the rest of the UK. Most experts agree that in the event of a Brexit Scotland may leave the UK.

View more of Sturgeon’s speech on the BBC here.