Liberal Democrats, Western Isles
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.