Rennie: Brexit proves breaking up is hard to do


Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has warned the Liberal Democrat Autumn conference in Brighton that the lessons of Brexit are the lessons for independence as he calls on the SNP to put independence to one side and campaign to keep the whole of the UK in the EU.

Mr Rennie said:

"Liam Fox said that Brexit would be the easiest negotiations in human history. Such a wise man.

"But after forty years:

"The ties that bind us are strong;

"The economic relationship is deep;

"The laws are common;

"Breaking up is hard to do.

"There is a lesson for Nicola Sturgeon.

"Rather than rubbing her hands with glee that Brexit could help her win independence, Nicola Sturgeon must surely see the obvious? 

"After three hundred years:

"The ties that bind us are strong;

"The economic relationship is deep;

"The laws are common;

"Breaking up is hard to do.

"The lessons of Brexit are the lessons for Independence.

"Everyone can see it. Except Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP.

"The rest of the world can see the lesson of the destruction of a single economic market.

"They can see the harm of making it harder for business to get goods and services to market, harder for individuals to get the benefits and opportunities that brings.

"But the SNP response to the break-up of the EU single market is to break up the UK single market.

"The SNP response to the break-up of the EU customs union is to break up the UK customs union.

"I cannot for the life of me see how the SNP can conclude from all this that the response to the break up from Europe should be the break-up of Britain.

"Breaking up is hard to do.

"For those who say that we need independence to escape Brexit I tell you quite frankly that the SNP will not put automatic EU membership on their independence ballot paper.

"That’s because they care first and foremost about independence.

"After all they supported independence even when the they opposed Europe in the 1970s.

"They supported independence before North Sea oil.

"It always comes first.

"And now they won’t even help the rest of us get the chance to have a final say on the deal.

"Scotland deserves better than this. Scotland demands better.

"I say to the SNP.

"Get off the fence.

"Stand up for Britain’s place in Europe.

"Put your voice behind a public vote on the deal."


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