/Nicola Sturgeon shamed as Dominic Raab exposes real reason for SNP independence obsession

Nicola Sturgeon shamed as Dominic Raab exposes real reason for SNP independence obsession

Mr Raab claimed the issue of Scottish independence is, in fact, a distraction from the record of the SNP north of the border as he exposed the true intention behind the plot to dismantle the United Kingdom. Speaking on the BBC Mr Raab highlighted what he identified as failings of the Scottish Government in education and taxation. He also said Scotland would be able to take hold of the benefits of Brexit, despite Ms Sturgeon’s rigid insistence Scotland should remain in the bloc.

In response to accusations there was no plan for Scotland, Mr Raab said: “I don’t think that’s right, we want to make sure, with the levelling up agenda, with the opportunities of Brexit right across the board, that Scotland’s got the great opportunity to take advantage of all those benefits.

“At the same time, we obviously expect the SNP to deliver on its commitment to honour the outcome of the independence referendum and not keep coming back and asking for a second one.

“But a lot of this is a distraction from the standards in schools, the high level of taxes, that actually the job of the Scottish Government in discharging its responsibility to the Scottish people ought to be focused on.”

The SNP claims the UK leaving the EU – following a vote where 62 percent of the Scottish electorate wanted to stay – represents a “material change in circumstances” which should be the reason for another referendum.

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In a speech in Edinburgh earlier this week, Ms Sturgeon appealed for another referendum this year.

She said: “To achieve independence, a referendum, whenever it happens – whether it is this year as I want, or after the next Scottish election – must be legal and legitimate. That is a simple fact.”

Mr Raab also used his interview to attack an incendiary claim made by former EU Council President Donald Tusk on the same show that there is broad support in Brussels for an independent Scotland joining the bloc.

Mr Tusk claimed he “feels very Scottish” in the wake of Brexit.

The former EU chief said: “I want to stop myself from saying something too blunt. But sometimes I feel like I’m a Scot – I feel like I’m Scottish, especially after Brexit.

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Dominic Raab hit out at Donald Tusk for claiming Scotland could re-join the EU (Image: BBC)

“But at the same time, I know how important the word sovereignty and integrity were in the internal debate in the United Kingdom.

“I feel like it is not my role to intervene.

“Emotionally I have no doubt that everyone will be enthusiastic here in Brussels, and more generally in Europe.

“If you ask me about our emotions, you will witness I think always empathy.”

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But Mr Raab hit out at the comments, calling them irresponsible in light of other separatist movements within the EU.

He said: “Given the secessionist, separatist tendencies in Spain, in France, in Italy, I’m not sure European leaders, let alone here in the UK, would actually welcome that kind of language.”

Despite his claim of countries welcoming Scotland in, Mr Tusk said there would still be an application process for any country to re-enter the bloc.

He said: “If something like, for example, the independence of Scotland happens, then we need a regular process. It would be a new process.”

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