MSP Gil Paterson has welcomed the First Minister’s commitment to letting the Scottish electorate decide its future post-Brexit.
It follows a statement in the Scottish Parliament where Nicola Sturgeon also asked the opposition to work with the government in securing a good deal for Scotland from the UK’s departure from the EU.
He said: “The Tories are making a pig’s ear of politics right now and I do not expect them to walk away with a great deal for Scotland at the Brexit negotiating table.
“It’s only common sense that Scots should be allowed to choose between their potential futures, after this constitutional upset with potentially massive implications on their lives.
“It is for that reason I am glad the First Minister has sealed her commitment to letting the electorate decide the future post-Brexit, and not politicians who have no mandate in Scotland.
“I see no issue with pausing and waiting to see exactly what the outcome of Brexit is going to be – that to me is responsible and considerate politics. This sensible approach is what the public expect of the SNP government, our triple-lock mandate is still in place.
“Despite the chamber dramatics from the Tories and Labour, each of their leaders has actually agreed that another referendum should not be blocked, including: Ruth Davidson, David Mundell, Kezia Dugdale and Jeremy Corbyn.
“I’m pleased there’s a recognition that independence is worthwhile with or without Brexit. I was glad to hear the SNP will be working with others who believe in independence to inform the Scottish people of the many benefits, from economy, equality and beyond.”
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