Scottish first minister says election has left UK government so weak a cross-party approach is needed before EU talks begin

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Nicola Sturgeon has called for Theresa May to pause the Brexit negotiations to build a new cross-party, “four-nation” consensus on the UK’s stance with the EU.

The first minister said the general election result had left the UK government so unstable and weak it was vital that May sought the support of devolved governments and opposition parties to agree a common position before talks with the EU due to begin next week.

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