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Liberal Democrats challenge SNP to back final say

September 15, 2018 1:00 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

In a keynote speech to the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake turn the attention on the SNP and call on them to join the campaign to give the people a final say on the Brexit deal.

Mr Brake is expected to say:

"The SNP won't be let off the hook.

"The First Minister is right to warn that a no-deal Brexit is unthinkable. But that is what the Tories have in the pipeline. This presents an immediate threat to our economy and public services.

"It is therefore rampant hypocrisy for the SNP to lament the consequences of Brexit whilst doing nothing about it.

"With the prospect of a disastrous no-deal on the horizon, I find it bizarre that the SNP are still refusing to stand up to the Tories. Like Brexiters, they are putting their nationalist agenda ahead of the interests of the country.

"But there is still time for the SNP to join the fight and back a final say on the deal."

According to biggest poll of Scotland's attitudes to Brexit since the EU referendum, published on August 15th, the SNP's current voters want to stay in the EU by a margin of 83 per cent to 17 per cent, while they back a People's Vote on Brexit by a margin of more than four-to-one (66 per cent to 18 per cent) once don't knows have been removed