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Rennie statement after Article 50 vote in Scottish Parliament

February 7, 2017 6:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting on this afternoons vote where the Scottish Parliament voted by a majority to reject the triggering of A50, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:

"The vote by Parliament today is a sign that the Tories cannot be allowed to get away with a hard Brexit unchecked. However it was not a vote to give the green light for the SNP to use the Brexit vote as a catalyst for their ambitions for independence.

"The Conservatives changing stance on Brexit will damage the economy, the SNP's pursual of independence will do even more damage to the economy and Labour who have given up on Europe are completely failing as an opposition.

"Liberal Democrats remain clear that we want to give the British people a say on the terms on Brexit so we can keep both Scotland in the UK and the UK in the EU."