Responding to the Scottish Government's statement on Air Departure Tax, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:
"Liberal Democrats are pleased that the cuts to Air Passenger Duty have been stopped for the foreseeable future. This means more investment for public services and greater protection for the environment.
"Yet, it is reckless of the SNP Government to put at risk the future of the Highlands and Islands exemption by claiming it is defective and not compliant with EU Law. This may force the European Commission to close down the scheme which has served the people and economy of the Highlands and Islands for sixteen years.
"It is reckless for the Finance Secretary to make such claims about the exemption simply to provide him political cover for the shambles of his air tax policy. If the European Commission does take action after all these years the Finance Secretary will be responsible for any increase in air fares to the Highlands and Islands."