Responding to Nicola Sturgeon’s interview with STV today in which she ruled out having an independence referendum in 2017, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:
“This is a statement of the blindingly obvious. Of course there was not going to be an independence referendum this year. It took years to prepare for the last one. What we need from this First Minister is a commitment to rule it out altogether.
“The will-she, won’t-she uncertainty runs the risk of causing considerable and damaging uncertainty to our economy and to the country. We have enough uncertainty with Brexit, we don’t need more with independence.
“Instead of droning on about independence the First Minister should get on with the day job on education, the health service and our police.”