Speaking in response to the announcement from the Prime Minister, the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie MSP said:
“It takes a particularly hard-nosed individual to have no sympathy for Theresa May. She has served her country and gave it her all, and she deserves everyone’s appreciation for that.
"The truth is that it was an impossible job to deliver Brexit that would not damage our country.
"People have lost patience with the Conservatives. It's clear they are going to be unable to get the country out of the mess they have made.
"The best route is to give people the chance to stop Brexit and leave the Conservatives to sort themselves out afterwards.”