David Mundell urges SNP to join 'Team UK' on Brexit deal

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David Mundell has made a plea to the Scottish Government to join "Team UK" to ensure the country gets the best deal from Brexit.

The Scottish Secretary insisted the governments in London and Edinburgh have similar goals - even though First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wants to keep Scotland in the single market when the UK leaves the European Union.

There are a whole range of areas where "Scotland's two governments want the same outcomes as we leave the EU", Mr Mundell said.

These include reaching an agreement on the rights of EU citizens living and working in the UK, with the Scottish Secretary saying the Tories at Westminster want to "secure their right to stay as quickly as we can".

He told the Scottish Conservative conference in Glasgow that former SNP leader Alex Salmond had said "he agreed EU nationals would be protected" after Brexit.

Mr Mundell said: "So even where the Scottish and UK governments disagree about the means, we largely seek the same ends. We want the same outcomes.

"And I genuinely believe we can do what the people of Scotland want and expect us to do - work together to deliver the best deal for Scotland and the whole of the UK."

He insisted the UK is "committed to protecting and enhancing workers' rights" after the UK leaves the EU, and also wants to "continue our close collaboration with European partners on science and innovation".

He said: "We will continue to work with the EU on security, to fight terrorism and uphold justice across Europe.

"Free trade with the EU is also the Scottish Government's priority. We want the freest trade possible between the UK and the EU, and we will pursue an ambitious free trade agreement."

He went on to tell the SNP: "There will be more powers for Holyrood because of Brexit. Powers that the SNP would hand back to Brussels in a heartbeat.

"Funny, isn't it, how they won't remind Scotland's fishermen they would be back in the Common Fisheries Policy under SNP policy. Or that farmers would keep the bureaucracy of the Common Agricultural Policy.

"The SNP need to give up the games. Come with us. Work with us. Together as one Team UK. Because that is how we will get the best deal from the EU."