Speaking after the result of the Richmond Park by-election, the deputy leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Alistair Carmichael MP, who attended the count in Richmond, said:
"The result last night is good news for millions of people in Scotland as well as for Richmond Park itself.
"The result in Richmond Park is a signal of hope in Scotland. The Liberal Democrats offer a voice for people who want the UK to stop a hard Brexit.
"It was not just Scotland that had a strong vote for the UK to remain in the EU in June. Millions of people wanted to remain and now they have a voice wherever they live.
"This week the Scottish Conservatives changed sides. They no longer support our inclusion in the single market and have given up on the people in Scotland who do not want a hard Brexit. The result last night shows that people are prepared to rebel against that Conservative argument.
"The Liberal Democrats are their voice and showed last night that it is a voice that can win the argument.
"There is now the chance for people across the UK to stop a hard Brexit."
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