The Latest: French FM says no to EU deal with Scotland


(AP) — The Latest on Britain’s vote to leave the European Uniohn (all times local):

9 a.m.

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France’s foreign minister says the EU should not negotiate eventual membership with Scotland while it is a member of the United Kingdom.

Ayrault said Thursday on France-2 television that “Europe should in no case contribute to the dismantling of nations.”

Voters in Scotland strongly backed remaining in the EU in last week’s British referendum, but were outvoted by a majority nationwide. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who has suggested a new referendum on Scottish independence, met with European Parliament and EU Commission officials in Brussels on Wednesday on the sidelines of an EU summit.

Ayrault insisted that “you have to respect the history” of each of the 28 EU member states and let the nations themselves decide on their futures, instead of holding negotiations with one region such as Scotland.


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British authorities say a London man has been arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred by detectives investigating extreme right-wing, anti-Islam and anti-Semitic postings on social media.

Scotland Yard said the 44-year-old was taken into custody Wednesday morning and later bailed.

Hate crimes and other intolerant acts have gained increasing prominence following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.