Commenting on the announcement of a General Election, Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said:

“This country faces a significant and historic choice as we approach the UK leaving the EU.

At the last election in 2015 we said this would be a clear choice between a destructive Tory Party and a better future with Labour. Since then we have seen the dangers of a Tory government.

At this election, the choice again will be clear: a Tory Party intent on a hard and damaging Brexit; or a Labour Party that will oppose a second independence referendum and fight for a better future for everybody.

The Labour Party is ready and has been preparing for a General Election. We will start the process of selecting our candidates this afternoon.

We will work tirelessly to elect Jeremy Corbyn Prime Minister and deliver a Labour Government.”