Speaking ahead of the publication of the draft Scottish budget the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie said:
“The Liberal Democrats have put forward constructive proposals for investing in mental health services, for a good pay deal for teachers and investment in local government services.
“All we asked was for the SNP to put aside their campaign for independence, to have a short cessation, but they refused.
“The last thing we need just now with all the chaos of Brexit is more chaos with another campaign for independence. We should be focusing on the big issues that matter for the country.
“We’ve walked away from the talks for now. But the door is still open. If the SNP want to focus on the things that matter for the country the Liberal Democrats are there to help.”