The Scottish Parliament has today voted in favour of a Liberal Democrat amendment committing the Parliament to “providing unequivocal support for a public vote on the final terms of the Brexit deal”.
Former Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Tavish Scott, the MSP who moved the successful amendment, warned the vote exposed "the weakness" of Labour’s opposition to Brexit.
Following the vote, Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael said:
“The Scottish Parliament giving its unequivocal support to a People’s Vote is an important step in the UK-wide campaign for a vote on the deal.
“The Liberal Democrats have been leading the way on this campaign since 2016. More and more people are beginning to agree with us that we need a people’s vote on the final deal.
“The Labour leadership must now follow their London Mayor Sadiq Khan and other leading Labour figures in giving people the final deal, including the option of an exit from Brexit."
The original motion and Tavish Scott’s (Scottish Liberal Democrat Europe spokesperson) successful amendment are as follows:
S5M-14638.2 Tavish Scott – As an amendment to motion S5M-14638 in the name of Richard Lochhead (Safeguarding Scotland’s International Research Collaborations and Reputation for Scientific Excellence from the Threat of Brexit), insert at end ", in addition to providing unequivocal support for a public vote on the final terms of the Brexit deal."
S5M-14638 – Richard Lochhead: Safeguarding Scotland’s International Research Collaborations and Reputation for Scientific Excellence from the Threat of Brexit – That the Parliament notes with concern the growing number of voices within Scotland’s research and science communities warning of the substantial threat that Brexit poses to Scotland’s position as a leading nation in international science and research; understands the significant economic, social and cultural contributions that universities and other research institutions and their international collaborators bring to Scotland; believes that the UK Government’s approach to the Brexit negotiations, including its commitment to ending freedom of movement, is undermining Scotland’s worldwide reputation and threatening the mobility of students and researchers and full participation in European research programmes, and commits to exploring options to safeguard Scotland’s international research collaborations and reputation for scientific excellence globally
65 MSPs backed it, 30 voted against and 20 abstained.