Rennie calls for emergency Holyrood debate on Russia

Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie will tomorrow ask the Scottish Parliamentary Bureau to change the Parliamentary business agenda for Thursday and hold an emergency debate on Russia following the Salisbury attack.  

Sergei and Yulia Skripal remain in a critical condition in hospital, with a number more injured including police Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey.

Willie Rennie said:

“This was a horrifying and brazen attack on British soil that continues to endanger the lives of hundreds of innocent civilians.

“The poisoning has clear implications for resilience planning of emergency services in Scotland, as there’s nothing to stop the next assassination attempt taking place North of the border.

“The UK Government has sought the support of governments around the world, who are united in their condemnation of Putin’s actions. The Scottish Parliament must similarly be given the opportunity to debate and solidify its approach to Russia, its agents and the tools it is deploying to destabilise our democracy.

“This issue becomes ever more urgent by the day. As the Foreign Secretary reports Russia is stockpiling more nerve agent, this would allow Parliament to reassure the public their concerns are being taken seriously.”

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