Jamie Pater­son

Lib­eral Democrats, Western Isles

The Oban Times - - Election Special -

Scot­land, like the rest of the UK, needs to main­tain full trade links with the EU. This means we need to ne­go­ti­ate a soft Brexit. Scot­tish Lib­eral Democrats recog­nise that, given the con­flict­ing mes­sages in the leave camp dur­ing the ref­er­en­dum, what­ever govern­ment is elected has no real man­date to seek a par­tic­u­lar type of Brexit.

So we be­lieve that, what­ever deal is fi­nally agreed, it should be put to the vot­ers for their ac­cep­tance or re­jec­tion. A de­ci­sion as fun­da­men­tal as this should not just be made by the West­min­ster elite.

Now is not the time for indyref2. In 2014, the SNP said that its ref­er­en­dum was a once-in-a- gen­er­a­tion choice for Scot­land. We chose - and the SNP dumped its prom­ise. But it is clear why. The SNP wants to hold a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum when the out­line of the Brexit agree­ment may be clear, but its im­pli­ca­tions will not be.

It wants us to vote when Brexit chaos and un­cer­tainty are at a peak. The SNP knows na­tion­al­ism thrives on a cli­mate of un­cer­tainty and fear. That is why it has cyn­i­cally cho­sen to seek a ref­er­en­dum at the peak of Brexit chaos. Scot­tish Lib­eral Democrats will op­pose that and, un­like a vote for the Tories, a vote for us will op­pose indyref2 with­out back­ing the Tories’ hard Brexit plans.

A sin­gle MP can­not drive the West­min­ster agenda but, if elected, I will make sure that the voice of the is­lands is heard loud and clear in par­lia­ment. And my first pri­or­ity will be to fight for an emer­gency tug to be once again based in the Minch.

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