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Act now to stop UK split next year, Willie Rennie urges voters

The Scottish Liberal Democrat leader was speaking on St Andrews on Saturday.

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Willie Rennie unveiled the Scottish Lib Dem manifesto on Friday (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Willie Rennie unveiled the Scottish Lib Dem manifesto on Friday (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Willie Rennie unveiled the Scottish Lib Dem manifesto on Friday (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Voters must “act now” to stop the SNP from seeking a Scottish independence referendum next year, Willie Rennie has said.

Speaking in St Andrews, Fife, on Saturday, the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader urged voters to back his party to end the division of Brexit, saying the SNP has not learned the lessons from the UK’s vote to leave the EU.

He said: “I want to see Scotland working in partnership with our neighbours, as we have done for hundreds of years.

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Willie Rennie feeds the seals at St Andrews Aquarium (Liberal Democrats/PA)

Willie Rennie feeds the seals at St Andrews Aquarium (Liberal Democrats/PA)

Willie Rennie feeds the seals at St Andrews Aquarium (Liberal Democrats/PA)

“From pushing forward the frontiers of science to building the NHS, we have always been stronger when we work together.

“Nicola Sturgeon’s plan to break up the UK puts all that at risk – but we have a chance to make it stop on December 12 by voting Liberal Democrat.

“The clock is ticking as the SNP want the split next year, so we need to act now to make sure it stops now.

“So on St Andrew’s Day, let’s act to make the division stop.

“I am a proud Scot, Brit and European, and I believe that the last thing we need is more division. The SNP have learned nothing from Brexit.

“They should realise by now that breaking up is hard to do. The Liberal Democrats want Scotland to stand tall in the UK rather than cut and run with independence.”

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