In the week that the SNP scrapped its long-held policy to generate more flights and emissions through cutting Air Departure Tax, Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie pressed the First Minister to now withdraw her government’s formal support for Heathrow’s third runway.
The Finance Secretary, Derek Mackay, and the Environment Secretary, Roseanna Cunningham, both avoided answering questions on the topic while being interviewed on Good Morning Scotland yesterday and today.
Following the exchange at FMQs, Willie Rennie said:
“The First Minister dodged my straightforward question on her ill-thought through support for Heathrow’s third runway.
“The SNP have now admitted that their long-standing policy to offer up huge tax cuts to airlines would damage the environment and seriously hamper our chances of achieving our climate change targets. They were right to u-turn on it.
“But now that it’s dawned on them that hundreds more flights won’t be good for our climate they must next withdraw their misjudged support for expanding Heathrow. The SNP backed that without even bothering to calculate the impact it would have on Scotland's environment.
“Wherever the emissions are happening they will hurt our climate.”