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Rennie: SNP abandons 1.6 million remain voters in pursuit of independence

January 30, 2017 12:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP has today criticised the SNP for back peddling on their position over the EU. Revelations in the Times today reveal that the SNP are preparing to ditch full membership of the EU if Scotland were to become independent.

Commenting Mr Rennie said:

"By abandoning full membership of the EU it is clear the SNP are crudely attempting to buy off the hundreds of thousands of Brexit supporting Yes voters. Yet with this act they are also abandoning 1.6 million people who voted to stay in the European Union.

"The SNP are using the remain voters to demand an independence referendum but are quick to sell them out to keep the independence movement unified.

"They know that many Brexit voters would not back independence if it meant rejoining the EU. So they ditch Europe to make gains on independence.

"If Scotland were to leave the customs union we would not have the same benefits that we have enjoyed as a member of the EU. An independent Scotland being semi-detached from both the UK and the EU would make Brexit look like a picnic.

"Liberal Democrats stand wholly unapologetically committed to both the UK and EU and want Scotland to stay in both. Unfortunately it looks like the SNP want neither."