Scotland's Sturgeon calls for extension to Brexit transition period

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Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon arrives for the First Minister's Questions in Edinburgh

LONDON (Reuters) - Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon called on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to seek an extension to a post-Brexit transition period with the European Union because of the need to tackle a new coronavirus strain.

"It's now imperative that (the) PM seeks an agreement to extend the Brexit transition period. The new COVID strain - and the various implications of it - means we face a profoundly serious situation, and it demands our 100% attention," she said on Twitter.

"It would be unconscionable to compound it with Brexit."

(Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; Editing by Daniel Wallis)