Murdo Fraser, the finance spokesman for the Scottish Conservatives, urged voters to support other Unionist parties, including UKIP and Labour, as there are “no wasted votes”.
He told the Sunday Herald: “Whilst local issues are always important, overshadowing this election is Nicola Sturgeon’s irresponsible threat of a second independence referendum. This is your chance to send her a message.
Murdo Fraser has told the electorate to send a message to the SNP
“Every advance for the SNP at these local elections will be taken as an endorsement of a second referendum.
“Remember this is a preference voting system with no wasted or tactical votes.
PM and Sturgeon feign smiles as they go to battle over referendum Wed, April 5, 2017
British Prime Minister Theresa May met Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in Glasgow, following the announcement that Scotland is to hold a second Independence Referendum
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British Prime Minister Theresa May meets Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in Glasgow, following the announcement that Scotland is to hold a second Independence Referendum
To stop the SNP use your first vote one to back the Scottish Conservatives and subsequent votes (2,3 etc) to back anyone but the SNP
Murdo Fraser MSP
“To stop the SNP use your first vote one to back the Scottish Conservatives and subsequent votes (2,3 etc) to back anyone but the SNP.”
Mr Fraser reiterated that the local elections are the perfect chance to send a clear message to Nicola Sturgeon regarding her independence plans.
He added: “Don’t give Nicola Sturgeon’s plans a boost by voting the SNP back into power in Fife.”
The SNP has been accused of misleading the public on their independence currency plans after Scottish government documents acknowledged EU membership required the adoption of the euro.
Fraser reminded Scots that no votes are wasted
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Joining the EU also requires countries to have their own independent central banks. The paper adds: “This would require negotiation and agreement with the EU. Should Scotland be required to have a separate central bank, the functions of the SMI can be expanded to fulfil the requirements.”
The dossier, released under freedom of information laws, also suggested the EU may have opposed plans for the Bank of England to guarantee deposits and regulate banks in Scotland.
Ruth Davidson has been vocal in her support for remaining part of Britain
A Scottish Government spokeswoman said: “The Scottish Government was engaged in thorough, detailed and comprehensive preparations for an independent Scotland ahead of the 2014 referendum, and similar work will be taken forward ahead of the planned future referendum.
“While these plans reflect conditions in 2014, they do not necessarily reflect the Scottish Government’s current thinking.”
The next Scottish local elections will take place on Thursday May 4 and will be for all 32 local authorities.