Responding to the vote in Holyrood this afternoon, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:
“If this debate has shown us anything it’s that The SNP and Greens case for yet another independence referendum is increasingly feeble. The SNP refuse to guarantee EU membership while the Greens are still trying to find that petition with one million names on it.
"Nicola Sturgeon is in an absurd position as she is using the EU to get her referendum but the referendum won’t get the EU. The First Minister can't use the EU to claim a mandate when her referendum won't take us back in. It shows that the EU was just an excuse and that it has only ever been about independence.
“Scottish Liberal Democrats stood on a manifesto to oppose a divisive referendum and we will continue to do that. The SNP say they speak for Scotland, well they spoke three years ago and told them no. Instead of hunting for division we need to sort out the problems on our doorstep.”