Responding to new polling by Lord Ashcroft which puts support for independence at 46%, Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie said:
“The apparent rise in support for independence has occurred on the Conservatives’ watch.
“Some people seem to be tempted by independence to escape Brexit and the Conservatives cannot be trusted to win them back.
“Boris Johnson’s reckless pursuit of a no deal Brexit has caused great anxiety even though independence would add more chaos onto an already chaotic situation.
“The Conservatives are playing fast and loose with the future of our country. The best way to keep the United Kingdom together is to stop Brexit and it is the Liberal Democrats who alone stand up for the most popular position - remaining in the UK and the EU.”