Responding to the announcement from the First Minister that she will lodge a formal application to intervene in the UK Government’s appeal to the Supreme Court, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:
“It is welcome to see the First Minister join the legal action against the unjust and undemocratic use of the Royal Prerogative to invoke Article 50 even if she dragged her heels in doing so.
“The decision made by the Supreme Court will have a profound impact across the whole of the United Kingdom and it is therefore right that Parliament gets a say on the matter. Theresa May could end all this and simply accept that there must be a democratic vote before Article 50 is invoked. However she chooses to waste time and money fighting the decision made so she can impose an unwanted hard Brexit on the United Kingdom.
“Voting for a departure is different to voting for a destination and the UK Government must recognise this and make sure a democratic process is put in place that listens and responds to the democratic will of the people. I hope the First Minister will now join us in this fight.”