Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told a press conference in Berlin that if the UK leaves the EU, Scotland must remain in the union as an independent member. This is necessary to protect her interests. Sturgeon has not given up hope that the UK will remain in the EU, but for now supports the need to postpone the final date of Brexit to a later date to avoid its "hard" option. In her opinion, the absence of an agreement would cause serious damage to the British economy. The First Minister sees the need for a new referendum on leaving the UK in Scotland, as much has changed in people's moodsince the referendum in 2014, when 55% of Scots opposed leaving the UK . She believes that the referendum should take place as early as 2020.