Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today said that Conservative MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk, John Lamont, is conducting a “pilot people’s vote” by asking his constituents to share their opinions of the Brexit withdrawal agreement with him and called for the Conservatives to give this option to the entire country.
The Scottish Conservatives have repeatedly refused to endorse a people’s vote and give the public a final say on the Brexit deal. John Lamont has posted on his website encouraging constituents to share their views of Theresa May’s deal.
Voters in the Scottish Borders voted by 58% to remain.
Mr Rennie said:
“John Lamont thinks it’s worth taking the temperature of public opinion on the deal. In essence he’s conducting a pilot People’s Vote in the Borders. But this isn’t an isolated constituency issue. Brexit will affect every person and business in the UK, so why shouldn’t all of them get a say on whether the deal is good enough?
“It’s clear some of the Scottish Tories are coming round to the idea of a people’s vote. Just as many of their colleagues have in the House of Commons.
“The economic implications of Brexit will be felt for years. It’s completely irresponsible for this to be pushed through without the people getting a say. Liberal Democrats demand a people’s vote.”
Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk, Jenny Marr added:
“Momentum is growing for a people’s vote. Hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets and public opinion is changing.
“The Conservatives have done enough damage in their desperate attempt to cling on to power. It’s time for every MP to put country above party and give the people the final say.”