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Willie Rennie on the EU

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  • Article: Mar 21, 2017

    Responding to the First Minister's comments on the European Union membership for an independent Scotland this morning, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:

    "The SNP's case for yet another independence referendum is increasingly feeble with her refusal to guarantee EU membership.

    "The First Minister can't use the EU to claim a mandate when her referendum won't take us back in. It shows that the EU was just an excuse and that it has only ever been about independence for the SNP.

  • Article: Mar 21, 2017

    Responding to the speech given by Nicola Sturgeon this afternoon, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:

    "Nicola Sturgeon repeatedly promised education would be "front and central" but yet it hardly merited a mention in her address.

    "Mental health, another supposed priority, gets a few scraps instead of a step change investment it needs.

  • Article: Mar 21, 2017

    The Scottish Liberal Democrats have tabled an amendment to the Scottish Government's motion on Section 30. The Lib Dem amendment rejects the SNP's referendum, and presents the positive opportunity to build a strong future for Scotland inside a reformed, federal UK inside the EU.

    The leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie said:

  • Article: Mar 16, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MSPs have used today's debate on the environment to brand the Scottish Government's draft climate change plan "timid and lacking ambition".

    This came after a number of critical Holyrood committee reports. The Scottish Government's draft plan failed to take account of the impact of proposed cuts in Air Passenger Duty and targets for renewable heat and transport are unambitious.

  • Article: Mar 16, 2017

    Responding to today's comments from Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:

    "Scottish Liberal Democrats are opposed to a divisive second referendum. Our opposition was in our manifesto for the Holyrood election last year and we will stick to that.

    "It is not the right time, there is not public demand for one and there is not a proper mandate for one.

  • Article: Mar 16, 2017

    Responding to the publication of a report on HMP Kilmarnock by Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons (HMIPS), Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP commented:

    "It is appalling to hear of people actively trying to return to prison because they lacked the most basic support after being released. People shouldn't ever have to shoplift because they believe prison is their best chance of finding somewhere to sleep and food to eat.

  • Article: Mar 16, 2017

    Responding to new official statistics showing low income households, especially families with children, are falling further behind those on middle incomes, Scottish Liberal Democrat social security spokesperson Caron Lindsay commented:

    "It is intolerable that a million people in Scotland, including one in four children, are living in relative poverty.

  • Article: Mar 15, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP has today said that the SNP owe people a straight explanation of whether a Yes vote will take Scotland back into the EU after reports surfaced today that an independent Scotland would no longer seek to apply to become a member of EU after a vote for separation.

  • Article: Mar 15, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today declared victory in the campaign against the Super ID Database after the Scottish Government finally admitted it has dropped its proposals.

    Following parliamentary questions from Mr McArthur, the Scottish Government admitted that it had "decided it would not be appropriate" to extend the NHS Central Register to 120 public bodies, from the Royal Botanic Gardens to Quality Meat Scotland. The plans have been dropped with immediate effect.

  • Article: Mar 15, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP has today accused the SNP of using pro EU supporters in Scotland for their own independence agenda after several SNP politicians failed to guarantee EU membership in an independent Scotland this morning.

    In interviews this morning, SNP ministers failed to spell out whether an independent Scotland would seek membership of the European Union. Yesterday Nicola Sturgeon at her press conference was also unable to say whether an independent Scotland would apply for full EU membership.