Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has said the SNP’s “shambolic policy” on the merger of the BTP into Police Scotland has been shown up, after police bosses confirmed at a meeting today that there was no clarity around any of the major issues and that they would be seeking urgent talks with the Justice Secretary about alternative approaches.
Liam McArthur said:
“The Scottish Government dived into this venture underprepared and without a business case. Two years down the line this has been shown up, with police bosses clearly at a loss as to how the SNP's merger could be achieved without risking serious damage.
"When Humza Yousaf passed the Bill he told staff that 'the devil will be in the detail', and boy was he right.
“This politically-motivated merger is in turmoil and has left BTP officers and staff in limbo. In exploring alternative approaches, the Justice Secretary needs to agree to take this original beleaguered option off the table altogether."