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Cable: SNP should show backbone and back exit from Brexit referendum

December 17, 2017 1:00 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable has today challenged the SNP and their leader Nicola Sturgeon to show some backbone and back an exit from Brexit referendum. His call comes in the week that opposition MPs worked together to deal the government a major defeat on its Brexit plans.

Next week MPs will vote on Liberal Democrat Amendment 120 which provides for a Referendum on the final Brexit Deal before we leave the European Union - with a chance to remain if it's a bad deal.

Vince Cable said:

"There is growing evidence that the British public wants a say on any final deal with the EU, including the option of an exit from Brexit. Moreover, the Scottish people voted to remain in the EU, so their elected representatives in Parliament really must push for a popular vote.

"Which is why the SNP's Westminster party must show some backbone and support our amendment. Nicola Sturgeon herself has said a public vote would be 'irresistible' in the event of a 'no deal' Brexit that would see the UK crash out of the EU and that the people have a 'right to look at the outcome' if there is a deal.

"But she must go further and back the Liberal Democrat call for a referendum on any Brexit deal. The Conservatives' have botched Brexit so far and the last thing the SNP should be doing is allowing the Conservative right to secure an economically damaging hard Brexit."