Responding to the publication of Scottish Government analysis on the implications for Scotland’s economy of the UK leaving the EU, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:
“The economic paper today is worthwhile and sets out some stark economic impacts for the UK from Brexit.
“It adds to last week’s research by Sir John Curtice showing that public opinion is shifting. A majority of people across the UK now expect a bad deal.
“So it is right for a consensus to be firmly built. Vince Cable met with other party leaders last week to build the case for the single market. The Scottish Government’s economic research is helpful analysis.
“It is time for Labour to come on board and protect our UK and Scottish economies.
“When so much is at stake, our country is badly served by Labour waffling and shuffling their way round Brexit and the Conservatives refusing to publish any economic forecasts at all.
“The SNP need to drop the threat of an independence referendum which is mentioned in the paper, but without any attempt to quantify the costs of dismantling the UK single market.”