Responding to comments made by Mike Russell ahead of his statement to the Scottish Parliament on Scotlands place in Europe, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:
"The new Scottish Government expert group paper which will be published this week better have more than this as the SNP minister has told us nothing new in this statement.
"We will examine the options but as the SNP only want Scottish independence ultimately they do not want any alternative EU plan to succeed.
"Unlike all the others Liberal Democrats want Scotland to remain in the U.K. and the U.K. to remain in the EU. The best route to remain in Europe is through a Brexit deal referendum. People should be given a say on the detail of the Brexit deal rather than hand the Prime Minister a blank cheque to agree anything she likes no matter the consequences. If the SNP are so much in favour of the EU they should join us in that campaign."