Responding to Nicola Sturgeon's speech to the SNP conference this afternoon, Scottish Liberal Democrat Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:
"The lessons of Brexit are the lessons for independence. Nicola Sturgeon's own Growth Commission, the elephant in the room, admitted independence would plunge us into austerity far deeper than anything we have experienced before, hammering NHS and education budgets.
"Nicola Sturgeon needs to stop trying to turn Brexit into the break-up of the UK. She needs to fight for the people to have the final say on the terms of Brexit, instead of merely agreeing to her MPs voting for it."