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Carmichael responds to FM meeting Barnier

July 12, 2017 4:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat deputy leader Alistair Carmichael MP has today pressed the First Minister to use a meeting with EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier tomorrow to push for an acknowledgment that Article 50 is revocable and support calls to give the British people the final say on whatever deal Theresa May negotiates with the EU.

Mr Barnier will meet Nicola Sturgeon, Jeremy Corbyn and Carwyn Jones in Brussels tomorrow

Mr Carmichael said:

"Michel Barnier has warned that "the clock is ticking" and Britain risks crashing out of the European Union without a deal.

"With 80,000 Scottish jobs at risk, the First Minister must use this meeting to push Mr Barnier to acknowledge that article 50 is revocable as Donald Tusk and the European Parliament have done.

"What's more Nicola Sturgeon should commit to doing the right thing for the whole of our country and support giving the British people the final say on the future of our country at the end of the negotiation process, not leaving it to politicians and bureaucrats to stitch up.

"The First Minister should remember that she is in Brussels to represent all of Scotland. Rather than use this trip to bang on about independence, she should recognise that the best way to keep Scotland in the EU is to keep the whole of the UK in the European Union."