Alex Salmond has broken word to Scottish people over second independence referendum claims

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has said that Alex Salmond has broken his word to the Scottish people with his claims that he thinks there will be a second referendum on independence.

In an interview with the Times, Mr Salmond said he now believed there would be another referendum on independence within his lifetime.

Mr Rennie said:

"The former First Minister has broken his word to the Scottish people. Alex Salmond said the referendum was a once in a generation opportunity. But now, if he gets his way, another one will be just round the corner. It beggars belief that within weeks of losing the last referendum he is boasting of a victory in the next one.  

"I am sure people will be puzzled that Alex Salmond is rubbishing the Smith Commission which is transferring big welfare and tax powers to Scotland.  It is odd as his party signed up to the package of powers.

"The SNP took their eye off the ball during the referendum and cancer targets were missed, college places were slashed and hospital went into crisis. Backing Alex Salmond's plans for another referendum is not in Scotland's interest."

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