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Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said that the age at which people can drink in Scotland could be “looked at” as she was quizzed over the SNP’s gender reform bill. She admitted that other age limits could be examined after passing legislation that allows 16 years olds to identify as a different gender than the one they were assigned at birth. Speaking to Laura Kuensseberg on her BBC show on Sunday, Ms Sturgeon said: “You can take a view about if what I am about to say is right or wrong, in Scotland, you can choose to get married, have a child, and join the army (at 16).

“Additional measures were amended into the legislation so that there is greater advice and support available to the tiny number of people who want to go through this process.

“When I was growing up…there used to be a view that there should be a single age of consent…over time I think it is right to look at ‘why can’t a 16-year-old drink alcohol in a pub’, you need to look at the particular circumstances, the physical issues around some of these things.

“But the point I’m making….is all of these issues in Scotland have been in detail and this is legislation that has probably been subject to more scrutiny that any legislation that has passed in the Scottish Parliament for over 25 years.”

But following the interview airing on Twitter, the SNP leader was quick to correct the record, saying: “This was bad phrasing on my part – so not having a go at the BBC – but this is not what I meant.”

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