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Nicola Sturgeon: Brexit's European politician

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>> In Britain, the decision to leave the EU has left politicians scattered. Within days, Prime Minister David Cameron resigned, followed closely by leaders of the Leave campaign, Boris Johnson and Nigel Forage. 400 miles away, and to Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, now putting herself center stage in Europe.
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Reuters Senior Correspondent in Edinburgh, Liz O'Leary, said Sturgeon's on the road to become one of the UK's most popular politicians.>> People have applauded her because, meanwhile in Westminster, there's been a sense of real chaos and a lack of leadership. And, in the midst of that, somebody who's very organized, who has her own agenda, and has managed to get people who ordinarily would not be on the side behind her.
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That has impressed many people.>> Originally a lawyer, Sturgeon joined the Scottish National Party, which argued the nation would be better off out of the UK. In 2014, she led the question of independence to a countrywide vote, then Scotts voted to stay in, just, but in the Brexit aftermath, Sturgeon and her party have the chance to revive their ambitions.
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>> Sturgeon has stood out as someone who appears to be organized and has campaigned to get the whole of Scotland behind her to try to preserve Scotland's membership of the EU by whatever means.>> Across the channel, EU officials in Brussels are warming towards the idea of Scottish independence.
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They say goodwill being eroded by the years Britain spent fighting for EU policy opt-outs, and they've welcomed Sturgeon's efforts to negotiate Scotland's position in the block, but it will be a tough task at home to convince those who weren't convinced last time.