Liberal Democrat candidate for Orkney and Shetland, Alistair Carmichael, has condemned remarks by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon that her top priority in 2020 was to hold a referendum on independence, placing this above a vote on EU membership. The First Minister has suggested that she would demand a referendum on independence in 2020 as a requirement in negotiations after the current election.
Commenting, Mr. Carmichael said:
"Nicola Sturgeon's comments should be a wake up call for anyone who thinks that the SNP care about anything other than independence.
“We saw how this worked in the European elections in May. Some local people lent their vote to the SNP because they wanted to send a message about opposing Brexit. Once the results were declared they suddenly found that their vote was being used by the SNP not to stop Brexit but to bring on another independence referendum.
"A vote for the SNP is a vote for independence and nothing else. It is a vote to pile the chaos of independence on top of the chaos of Brexit.
"This summer we saw a procession of SNP members and ministers shipped up,from south to stand behind a cardboard cut-out saying “Stop Brexit”. In fact we learned recently that the SNP spent more on that one Scottish Parliamentary by-election than they did across the whole of Scotland during the EU Referendum. When they could have actually stopped Brexit, they were nowhere to be seen."