Speaking in response to comments by Alex Salmond MP on the BBC's Sunday Politics programme, the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie MSP said:
"Alex Salmond's comments confirm that the SNP are only using the European issue to advance independence.
"He spent much of the EU referendum arguing about independence rather than making the case for Europe.
"It shows the SNP will say and do anything to advance independence even if it means constitutional, economic and social turmoil.
"If Alex Salmond was genuinely interested in EU membership he would join the Liberal Democrats to advocate a Brexit deal referendum for the British people."