Rennie: SNP support can prevent blank cheque Brexit

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP has today welcomed indications from the Brexit Minister, Mike Russell, that SNP MPs would be interested in discussing throwing their support behind demands for a referendum on the final terms of Brexit.

In his closing statement in this afternoon’s debate on the single market, Mr Russell said the door was open for discussions between the two parties on forcing a referendum on the final terms of the deal negotiated by the UK Government.

Liberal Democrats will vote against Article 50 being triggered without a guarantee of a referendum on the terms of our exit.

Commenting Mr Rennie said:

“This afternoon the SNP have opened the door to our efforts on keeping the UK within the EU.

“Liberal Democrats won’t accept a blank cheque Brexit and, should the SNP throw their support behind our campaign, we can work towards this being prevented.

“Voting for departure is not the same as voting for a destination. What started with a democratic decision can’t end with a stitch up and a deal being imposed on the British people that nobody voted for."

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