United Kingdom government will win over Scotland with good Brexit deal: minister

SNP representatives have said a so-called "hard Brexit" will leave Scotland with no choice but to call another referendum.

The Tory leader will claim that a generation of Scottish teachers parents, pupils have been left confused by the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE), describing Nicola Sturgeon's record on education as a "mark of shame".

Pro-Scottish Independence supporters with Scottish Saltire and European Union flags among others rally in George Square in Glasgow, Scotland, July 30, 2016 to call for Scottish independence from the UK. Mrs May said: "The United Kingdom is a responsible member of the worldwide community and Scotland makes a huge contribution to the UK's global role".

She criticised Ms Sturgeon for "tunnel vision nationalism" and playing politics "as though it were a game".

"Scottish schools, which once led the world in setting the highest standards of attainment, are now outperformed in every category by schools in England, Northern Ireland, Estonia and Poland", said May.

"Labour's chaos means that, here in Scotland, there now can be only one party which can offer the challenge that's required to the nationalists", she told the Scottish Conservative conference in Glasgow.

She will announce the review but said she will not commit to scrapping the policy stating more "top down reform" is not what is needed. I think people want the SNP to get on with the day job.

A day later, a spokeswoman for May said that the United Kingdom government did not see any changes in public opinion that could serve as a reason for holding the second referendum on Scottish independence.

"It is their single objective in political life".

She has said that a good deal for Britain will be a good deal for Scotland and Mundell disputed accounts by Scottish officials that the government was not listening to them.

"If they had a significantly different immigration policy to the rest of the United Kingdom, it's hard to see how that could be enforced without border arrangements - and the sort of policies they say they're going to pursue are the sort of policies that would lead to border arrangements".

However, Mundell said Sturgeon's dismissal of the prospect of a hard border between Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom proved that she believed in independence "regardless of the consequences".

While polls have shifted slightly, support for independence remains in a minority.

But former Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb warned a "quiet ambivalence" to the Union in England was as "great a long term threat to United Kingdom as noisy Scot nationalism".

She will say the blame lies not with teachers and schools but the school system which she said: " Thanks to this SNP government, simply isn't working".

  • Joanne Flowers


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