May’s Brexit offensive is a zero-sum game. Sturgeon’s government requires one of two things; Independence or a deal for Scotland that protects the rights of EU nationals living in Scotland and access to the free market – neither of which, as far as May is concerned, are on the table.
What May has chosen to ignore is the reality that her agenda, as has been pointed out by the Institute for Government, is leading the union into a full-blown constitutional crisis. Tory government led Brexit plans have only highlighted the real scale of the democratic deficit in the United Kingdom.
Scotland’s real interest is in what will be happening at the other side of the table. Where the UK enters the arena with a singular – though deeply fractured – agenda, the European Union’s position is more complex.