McArthur: BTP-Police Scotland merger in turmoil

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP today said it was time to scrap the merger of the British Transport Police into Police Scotland instead of “muddling through”, after the Scottish Government announced it will "re-examine" its approach in light of fresh warnings from the national force.

Mr McArthur commented:

"The Scottish Government repeatedly refused requests to consult on alternative options, insisting they knew best and that it would be a waste of time. As a result, this merger has gone horribly wrong from day one.

"Iain Livingstone has had to press pause once before when he told the SNP Government their plans were poised to compromise public safety. It would appear the police have now issued fresh warnings.

"This politically-motivated merger is in turmoil, leaving BTP officers and staff in limbo. The Scottish Government's substandard planning and lack of business case has been thoroughly exposed.

"It is time ministers stopped muddling through and instead halted the merger altogether."

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