The Latest: Scottish leader meets with EU over Brexit

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Posted: Jun 29, 2016 5:18 AM
The Latest: Scottish leader meets with EU over Brexit

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the repercussions of British voters' decision that their country should leave the European Union.

10:05 a.m.

Nominations are opening in the contest to replace Prime Minister David Cameron as leader of the Conservative Party.

The first official contender is Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb. Business Secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed that he and Crabb are running for leader and deputy as part of what has been dubbed a blue-collar ticket.

Crabb and Javid both come from working-class backgrounds that contrast with upper-crust front-runner Boris Johnson.

Former London Mayor Johnson and Home Secretary Theresa May are also expected to run.

Cameron announced his resignation after voters decided last week that Britain should leave the European Union.

After nominations close Thursday, Conservative lawmakers will whittle the nominees down to two. They will be put to a vote of all party members, with the result expected in early September.

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10:17 a.m.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, whose countrymen and women voted overwhelmingly to remain in the European Union, traveled to Brussels to confer with EU leaders. She was received Wednesday morning by Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament.

"We regularly meet with regional leaders," said John Schranz, Schulz's spokesman. "Of course, the times are extraordinarily."

On Tuesday, European Parliament members loudly applauded a Scottish member who begged them not to let the pro-EU population of Scotland down.

Sturgeon was expected to meet later Wednesday with the leader of the EU executive, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.