Responding to indications that the SNP government could take court action over the right to hold a referendum Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:
"The First Minister is seeking support of the courts as she has lost the support of the public.
"Wasting taxpayers money on a court case in pursuit of Nicola Sturgeon's independence obsession will infuriate patients who are waiting for treatment and parents who want a decent education system.
"The First Minister has lost the plot over independence. She needs to recognise there is little demand for yet another independence referendum and that she is losing support every day that she bangs on about independence."