Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson attacked Nicola Sturgeon's independence plot
Hitting back at the “seemingly endless turmoil” whipped up by the SNP in their desire to breakaway from the UK, Ms Davidson insisted “the case for the Union remains strong, if not stronger, than it ever has”.
In an article for The Times, Ms Davidson delivered a withering verdict on Ms Sturgeon’s apparent readiness to ditch the UK in contrast to the First Minister’s demand for Scotland to stay in the EU’s Single Market after Brexit.
The leading Conservative wrote: “As we learned only last month in official Scottish government statistics, trade within the UK internal market is worth four times to Scotland than trade with the EU.
“The logic therefore is clear.
“If everyone in Scotland agrees that free trade with Europe is important – and we do – it is literally impossible to deny that trade with the rest of the UK matters four times as much.”
It is literally impossible to deny that trade with the rest of the UK matters four times as much
Ms Davidson described how Scotland remaining in the Single Market while the rest of the UK leaves, as Theresa May has promised, would “inevitably” lead to different sets of regulations either side of the English/Scottish border.
Highlighting how 85 per cent of agricultural products exported from Scotland head to the rest of the UK, the Tory MSP said: “Even if no tariffs applied, it would still damage trade – as we know, non-tariff barriers are disruptive.”
Last night, Ms Davidson used a speech at the London School of Economics to accuse the SNP of trying to "weaponise Brexit" in a bid to boost support for Scottish independence ahead of a possible second referendum.
She claimed Ms Sturgeon’s supporters are “cranking up the grievance machine in an attempt to push people towards the exit door".
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In response to Ms Davidson’s speech, an SNP spokesman said: "Ruth Davidson is resorting to fantasy and delusion in trying to deny the economic catastrophe a Tory hard Brexit threatens Scotland with.
"We face being dragged out of the world's biggest single market – which is around eight times larger than the UK's alone – against our will, which shows that Theresa May and the Westminster Tories now think they can do anything they want to Scotland and get away with it.
"Ruth Davidson, the Brexiteers' apologist in chief, has shamelessly sold out on her commitment to keeping Scotland in the single market, and a hard Brexit threatens 80,000 Scottish jobs over the next decade.
"In those circumstances it is absolutely right that independence should be on the table as an option if it becomes clear it is the best or only way of protecting our vital national interests."