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Rennie responds to Sturgeon and May comments

March 16, 2017 3:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

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.

"The Scottish Green Party have no mandate because they said they needed a million signatures on a petition before they would trigger a vote. The SNP have no full mandate because they are using an EU clause in their manifesto yet won't guarantee EU membership will be an automatic part of the referendum package.

"With Scotland slipping down the international education rankings, no mental health strategy and a sluggish economy the Scottish Government must get on tackling these big issues facing the country."