Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warned Monday she would not watch her country "driven off a hard Brexit cliff" as she voiced frustration at her latest talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May.
"Large parts of the meeting were deeply frustrating," she said after talks with May and the first ministers of the UK's other devolved administrations, Wales and Northern Ireland, in Downing Street.
"I don't know any more now about the UK government's approach to the EU negotiations than I did before I went in to the meeting," she told Sky News.
The nationalist leader has threatened a second vote on independence for Scotland if it does not have continued access to Europe's single market after Britain leaves the European Union.
Sturgeon said she would "try to be reasonable" but warned: "What I'm not prepared to do is to stand back and watch Scotland thrown off a hard Brexit cliff edge."
May has promised EU leaders that she will start the formal negotiations on Brexit by the end of March, but has refused to set out her strategy beyond saying she would prioritise cutting immigration.
There are fears that this would inevitably mean leaving the single market, a move opposed by businesses and the government in Scotland, where a majority voted in the June referendum to stay in the EU.
From @guardian https://t.co/G5So8oQTj0 — Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) October 24, 2016
Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones dismissed the idea of a separate deal for Scotland, but he is also pressing for continued access to the single market for all of the UK.
"The scale of the challenge is truly gigantic. Nobody has any details yet as to what happens next," he said.
If UK Gov can’t negotiate position with devolved nations little hope of negotiating a good #Brexit deal with 27 countries #JMC 3/3 — Carwyn Jones (@fmwales) October 23, 2016
Monday's talks were also attended by First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, who share power in Northern Ireland.
Many in the province -- which like Scotland voted to stay in the EU, unlike England and Wales -- fear the effect of Brexit on the fragile peace process, notably the introduction of a hard border with EU member Ireland.