Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Willie Rennie MSP has today said that Nicola Sturgeon should agree to hold a vote in the Scottish Parliament to sist an independence referendum for this parliamentary term.
Mr Rennie said:
"The election result was a monumental event with the loss of colossal figures on the Scottish political scene.
"The loss of 21 MPs including the former First Minister Alex Salmond and the SNP Deputy Leader Angus Robertson will leave a major hole in Scottish politics and the SNP.
"The SNP lost 13 percentage points which is more than any other political party in the United Kingdom. Such major losses require a major political response.
"The central issue of the election in Scotland was another independence referendum. The Scottish people have rejected that proposal. Nicola Sturgeon must respond immediately to this major event.
"That's why they should hold an early vote in the Scottish Parliament to sist, delay and stop any independence referendum in this parliamentary term. I agree with the First Minister that now is the time to bring the country together again and there should be unanimity for this in the parliament. Only such a vote would be an appropriate response to give certainty and to put the divisions of the referendum behind us."