Responding to the First Minister's comments on the European Union membership for an independent Scotland this morning, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:
"The SNP's case for yet another independence referendum is increasingly feeble with her refusal to guarantee EU membership.
"The First Minister can't use the EU to claim a mandate when her referendum won't take us back in. It shows that the EU was just an excuse and that it has only ever been about independence for the SNP.
"Nicola Sturgeon is using EU supporters to get a referendum but will sell them out to get independence."