May Slams SNP in Bid to Keep Scotland in UK After Brexit
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 05, 2017,
Mar 05, 2017, 4:51
Theresa May has accused the SNP of treating people's lives as a "game" and urged Nicola Sturgeon to throw off her "tunnel vision" on independence.
In her speech at the two-day Scottish Conservative conference in Glasgow, May said Sturgeon should stop "stoking up grievance" and focus on "strengthening and sustaining the bonds that unite us " rather than embarking on another divisive referendum. I believe passionately in the Union, I'm Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, but to me what matters is how we as politicians deliver for ordinary people in their day-to-day lives.
May also laid into the Scottish National Party (SNP), which has run the devolved government in Edinburgh for the past decade, saying its "obsession" with independence and "tunnel vision nationalism" had caused it to neglect voters' priorities.
The Scottish Daily Mail leads with the tragic story of a mother who has taken her fight to keep her desperately ill son alive to the High Court after doctors said the baby should be allowed to die.
Mrs May said she is "looking very closely" at the document, adding that she intends to create a "good trade agreement that works for the whole of the United Kingdom, but crucially a trade agreement that works for Scotland as well".
He told the Scottish Conservative conference in Glasgow that former SNP leader Alex Salmond had said "he agreed European Union nationals would be protected" after Brexit. What May's team perceive to be their strongest card is that a lot of Scots - including some who support independence - don't want a second referendum.
"While the SNP propose that decision-making should remain in Brussels, we will use the opportunity of Brexit to ensure that more decisions are devolved back into the hands of the Scottish people".
"For too long a feeble and incompetent Scottish Labour opposition did nothing to scrutinize the SNP for their failures", she said.
"I think that the SNP often treat politics as a game".
May declined to give a yes or no answer when asked if she would grant Sturgeon a second independence referendum.
First minister Nicola Sturgeon has repeatedly raised the prospect of calling for another independence vote in the wake of the UK's vote to leave the European Union, and is expected to move towards doing so at the SNP conference this month.
The SNP accused May of hypocrisy, for criticising Scottish demands for independence while seeking a "hard Brexit".
Mrs May declared: "The United Kingdom we cherish is not a thing of the past, but a Union vital to our prosperity and security, today and in the future".