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Plans set out for Scotland's future in EU post-Brexit

FILE - This is a Wednesday, June 29, 2016  file photo of Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as she speaks during a media conference at the Scotland House in Brussels .  Sturgeon on Tuesday Dec. 20, 2016 set out proposals to protect Scotland’s place in Europe after Britain leaves the European Union, saying it is possible to keep Scotland in the European single market even after the rest of the U.K. pulls out of the trade bloc. (AP Photo/Geoffroy Van der Hasselt, Pool, File)

FILE - This is a Wednesday, June 29, 2016 file photo of Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as she speaks during a media conference at the Scotland House in Brussels . Sturgeon on Tuesday Dec. 20, 2016 set out proposals to protect Scotland’s place in Europe after Britain leaves the European Union, saying it is possible to keep Scotland in the European single market even after the rest of the U.K. pulls out of the trade bloc. (AP Photo/Geoffroy Van der Hasselt, Pool, File)  (The Associated Press)

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has set out proposals to protect Scotland's place in Europe after Britain leaves the European Union.

Britain voted for so-called "Brexit" in June's referendum but 62 percent of voters in Scotland backed remaining in the bloc.

Sturgeon, who backs Scottish independence, proposed plans Tuesday to allow Scotland to remain in the European single market even after the rest of the U.K. leaves. She also proposed a substantial transfer of new powers to the Scottish Parliament.

But earlier this month, Treasury chief Philip Hammond reportedly said it was unrealistic for Scotland to get special concessions in the Brexit deal.