Scotland’s Sturgeon says Brexit endangers economy

epa05397952 Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon holds a news conference at the Scotland House on her visit in Brussels, Belgium, 29 June 2016. Sturgeon met European Parliament leaders for talks on the future of Scotland's relation with the EU. A slim majority of people in Britain had in a referendum on 23 June voted to leave the European Union (EU). EPA/GEOFFREY VAN DER HASSELT / POOL

GLASGOW, Scotland (Reuters) – Scotland’s pro-independence First Minister said Britain’s impending departure from the European Union would damage the economy in Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom, and that she would not block another Brexit referendum.

“Brexit is a real and present danger to the Scottish and UK economy,” Sturgeon told a news conference to present figures on Scotland’s budget deficit, which is much larger than that for the United Kingdom as a whole.

Sturgeon said she would not stand in the way of another referendum on Brexit, which was opposed by most voters in Scotland. Prime Minister Theresa May has ruled out a second vote.

“The debate for Scotland over the period ahead is how do we best equip ourselves to support the best possible economic performance,” Sturgeon said.

Reporting by Elisabeth O’Leary, writing by David Milliken, editing by Sarah Young