Only a few days to go: We’re raising £25,000 to keep TheyWorkForYou running and make sure people across the UK can hold their elected representatives to account.

Donate to our crowdfunder

Supreme Court Judgment (Response)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 24th September 2019.

Alert me about debates like this

The First Minister:

I agree with all of that, perhaps with the exception of Willie Rennie’s first sentence. I obviously do not want chaos, but I want Scotland to be a normal independent country so that we can avoid the chaos that has been imposed upon us right now.

On the more substantive point that Willie Rennie made, I agree that it is time—this situation cannot continue. There is a Government—if we can still call it that—at Westminster that has no majority; a Government that has been found to have acted unlawfully; a Government that is doing nothing, even on Brexit, and certainly nothing apart from Brexit. The governance of the UK as far as Westminster is concerned has ground to a halt. I certainly am of the view that, as soon as the risk of a no-deal Brexit at the end of October can be averted, we must have a general election. If what Willie Rennie said was an indication that the Liberal Democrats will support that, I warmly welcome it.

I will support anything that puts an end to Brexit. I will support revocation of article 50, a people’s vote or anything that allows Brexit to be stopped and the democratic wishes of the people of Scotland to be honoured. Ultimately, however—and this is the point on which Willie Rennie and I do not yet agree, although I live in hope—the only way to make sure that our democratic wishes in this Parliament and in this country are always respected is to make sure that we are independent and in charge of our own future.