According to Scottish Tory deputy leader Meghan Gallacher, the SNP is hoping to make a “backroom deal” with Labour to secure a second independence referendum. Gallacher warned that any deal of this sort would be “sleekit,” a Scottish term meaning deceitful or crafty and claimed that Labour would be “weak on the Union” if they do not win a majority in the upcoming general elections. SNP leader Humza Yousaf made it clear that the power to hold a second independence referendum would be the price he would demand if his party is needed to prop up a Labour government. However, Gallacher opposed planning for another independence vote and demanded the scrapping of the SNP’s independence plans altogether. Gallacher claimed that the SNP should focus on the actual priorities of Scottish voters instead of their selfish agenda. She also attacked the SNP and the performance of its leadership, including former first minister Nicola Sturgeon and its current leader and Scottish First Minister Humza Yousaf. Gallacher used her speech at the Scottish Conservative conference to highlight the issues plaguing the SNP and said that the Conservatives were ready to offer voters an alternative. The Scottish Tories, she claimed, are “bursting with ideas and ready to take those ideas and our positive vision to the country,” a stark contrast to the falling SNP. SNP MP Tommy Sheppard urged voters to choose the SNP in the upcoming general elections, claiming that it would be the only means of getting rid of the Westminster Tory government and achieving independence.
Conservative accuses ‘Feeble’ Labour of striking a behind-the-scenes agreement with SNP regarding Scottish independence referendum.
- 8 May 2023
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