The Scottish Liberal Democrats have thrown their weight behind plans by Nicola Sturgeon to open "immediate" discussions with Brussels following the UK's decision to leave the EU.
Leader of the Lib Dems north of the border Willie Rennie said the First Minister would have his support in the process.
It comes after Ms Sturgeon vowed to "protect Scotland's place in the EU" as Scots voted 62 per cent to 38 per cent to remain in the union, contrary to the overall result.
She also said the option of a second independence referendum for Scotland was "on the table" - but Mr Rennie said that was not what he was backing.
Leaving the European Union is already sending shockwaves through the economy. As an internationalist and pro-European I will do everything I can to find a way through this.
If this was simply to be a charade devised to build up grievance in Scotland to aid the campaign for independence, it would not have received our support. I will not be a pawn in a new campaign for independence.
However, I was given a guarantee from the First Minister that this was not the case and that she genuinely wanted this process to succeed. That is why we will lend our support to this process as it will need a cross-party effort to have the best chance of succeeding.
The party leader said her MPs may be in a position to act as deal makers - and they would refuse to allow an exit from the EU.
Scotland's First Minister said her government will seek 'immediate discussions' with Brussels to "protect Scotland's place in the EU".
An emergency meeting will be held today to discuss the Scottish government's next steps following the UK's decision to leave the EU.