The Scottish Parliament has today voted in favour of Scottish Liberal Democrat Europe spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP’s amendment which, for the first time, commits it to “providing unequivocal support for a public vote on the final terms of the Brexit deal”.
The parliament voted 65, 30 in favour of the Scot Lib Dem amendment. 20 members abstained.
Speaking after the debate, Tavish Scott said:
"This is a momentous vote. The Scottish Parliament is the first in the UK to back a People's Vote. It won't be the last. This will only get bigger.
"MSPs and MPs who back the People’s Vote are fast forming the biggest and most cohesive bloc in British politics. Every day, more and more people are coming to the conclusion that the public should have their say on the final Brexit deal.
"Liberal Democrats have badgered for months and have now persuaded the SNP and Greens to join the campaign.
“Labour members and voters want a vote on the final deal. Brexit will cripple our public finances, services and jobs. Richard Leonard and Jeremy Corbyn must seriously change their strategy and build a majority vote in every part of the UK.
"Country wide marches show the public at large want this."
Scottish Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Alistair Carmichael MP added:
“The Scottish Parliament giving its unequivocal support to a People's Vote is an important step in the UK-wide campaign for a vote on the deal.
“The Liberal Democrats have been leading the way on this campaign since 2016. More and more people are beginning to agree with us that we need a people’s vote on the final deal.
“Labour must now follow their London Mayor Sadiq Khan and other leading Labour figures in giving people a say on the final deal, including the option of an exit from Brexit."