The Chief Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, today accused the head of the British Government, Theresa May, of not seeking a lasting agreement for the "Brexit", the departure of the United Kingdom from the common bloc, and of trying to deceive the people by hiding the consequences it will have.
Speaking to the press ahead of the meeting between British and Irish politicians that will take place today on the Isle of Man (located in the Irish Sea), Sturgeon said it is time for the British Executive to be "direct with the people".
"The prime minister is not preparing a lasting agreement, but instead she is promising everything to the citizens and hoping that nobody will notice," he said, adding that this way of acting is "a recipe for a disastrous brexit".
In his opinion, May "is simultaneously promising that the United Kingdom will be outside the customs union, while it seems that it is negotiating behind closed doors to try to remain in it."
The independence leader will meet today with the Irish Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, David Lidington, who has ministerial status within the Cabinet of May, the Chief Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, and authorities of Guernsey, Jersey and the hostess Isle of Man.
Sturgeon stressed that May has also promised to protect jobs at the same time he wants to get Scotland and the United Kingdom out of the single market, which, he said, "will cost thousands of jobs" and has done something similar by saying that it will abandon the Common Fisheries Policy ( PPC).
Some positions that the Scottish leader described as "a desperate attempt to hold together the warring factions of the Conservative Party," which said they are only going to lead "to more chaos."
"It's time to be honest with the people, the only way, without staying in the EU, to protect jobs and living standards, is to remain in the single market and in the customs union," he said.
For its part, a spokeswoman for the British Executive noted that May's team "trusts" to achieve "an agreement with the EU beneficial to all nations of the United Kingdom, including Scotland."
"We have made it clear that the entire UK will leave the single market and the customs union," he said.
This is the 31st edition of this summit between British and Irish representatives held as part of the peace agreements of Good Friday in Northern Ireland.
Due to the crisis of government that suffers this region and that has prevented him from forming an executive for almost two years, his representative will be the British Minister for Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley.
This British-Irish summit is the last before the "Brexit", scheduled for March 29, 2019, and takes place amid the intense negotiations that London and Brussels have to agree a withdrawal agreement, which remains stuck in the will of maintaining an invisible border between the two Irlandas.