Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today said that Scottish Liberal Democrats will not be voting for the draft budget in its current form, ahead of the stage one debate in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday.
Mr Rennie said:
“Scottish Liberal Democrats are not asking for the world. We want to deliver a progressive budget that delivers on education, mental health and local government funding.
“However, we have also been clear that independence would mean less money for public services. That’s why it needs to be taken off the table for the remainder of this parliament.
“If the SNP park the issue of independence for the rest of this Parliament then we could reach a comprehensive and progressive deal on the budget. As it stands we will not be voting for the budget at stage one.”