Rennie welcomes SNP and Scot Labour support for Brexit transition extension

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today welcomed support from the SNP and Scottish Labour for an extension to the Brexit negotiations.

On Wednesday 3rd June, Mr Rennie wrote to his fellow Scottish party leaders calling for a joint letter to the Prime Minister proposing an extension and repeated his calls in the Scottish Parliament chamber today.

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Rennie calls for Scottish leaders to jointly press for Brexit transition extension

Ahead of Wednesday's Scottish Parliament Brexit statement, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has invited his fellow party leaders to sign a joint letter to the UK Government requesting an extension to the Brexit transition period until after the coronavirus crisis has subsided. 

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McArthur increases pressure on ministers to publish local testing figures

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, has increased pressure on Ministers to agree to publish the number of Covid-19 tests being carried out in each local health board area.

Last month, Mr McArthur secured an assurance from the First Minister that she would ‘discuss the practicalities’ of how the publication of localised testing figures could be done. However, the data is still not publicly available, despite the Test and Protect system now up and running across the country.

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Rennie calls for business support extension and basic income for all

Speaking ahead of Tuesday's Scottish Parliament economy debate, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has called on the Scottish Government to extend the existing business support schemes and deliver a basic income for all those who are "falling through the cracks" of existing support schemes.

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First Minister must set out detailed plan to get non-urgent healthcare running

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today called on the Scottish Government to set out detailed plans to get non-urgent healthcare up and running as he warned that those living in pain needed to see light at the end of the tunnel.

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Pressure on Government to get comprehensive tracking and tracing right

Responding to the First Minister's statement on easing lockdown, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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Government must address childcare and shielding concerns to get teachers back to school

Responding to a new survey from EIS of 26,000 teachers which reveals that 1 in 5 have health conditions which would make a return to work hazardous, while 1 in 3 have childcare responsibilities, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP said:

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Scottish Government has ground to make up on test and trace

Responding to the First Minister’s announcement that testing and tracing will restart on Thursday, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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McArthur: Safe jury trials were an option from the outset

Responding to the announcement of plans to restart jury trials in Scotland by July, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice Liam McArthur MSP said:

“Safe and socially distant jury trials have always been a possibility, and I’m glad to see that they are soon going to be a reality.

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Scot Lib Dems comment on Ross resignation

Commenting on Douglas Ross' resignation as a Scotland Office minister, Scottish Liberal Democrat constitutional relations spokesperson Wendy Chamberlain MP said:

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