Furious Nicola Sturgeon slams Boris Johnson for 'forcing' Scotland in the wrong direction with his 'hard' Brexit deal

FURIOUS Nicola Sturgeon has hit out at Boris Johnson for “forcing” Scotland in the “wrong direction”.

The Scottish First Minister claimed it was “extraordinary” the PM had decided to “inflict a hard Brexit” on the UK during the COVID pandemic.

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She says that the agreement struck by Mr Johnson with Brussels could cost the country £9 billion by 2030.

Scotland voted to stay in the EU when the referendum was held in 2016.

She said the departure was “against the wishes of most people in Scotland” adding it would “hit jobs and living standards at the worst possible time”.

Ms Sturgeon claimed if Scotland were to re-join the bloc it could act as a “bridge-builder between the UK and the EU”.

Scottish Secretary Alister Jack insisted a “fantastic deal” had been agreed with Brussels.

Sturgeon's Brexit concerns come as Boris Johnson told Brits to seize the day after striking free from the EU’s shackles.

The PM gave the order just 48 hours after reaching an historic post-Brexit trade and security deal.

He issued the directive — from Downing Street where he is spending the ­festive period — as experts predicted the UK economy will bounce back next year.

The PM said Brits must “embrace all the opportunities available to us as an independent nation” when the transition period ends at 11pm on New Year’s Eve.

He was speaking as he unveiled details of a £110million Turing programme which will allow thousands of students access to the best educational institutions in Europe and across the world.

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