Jacob Rees-Mogg says Scotland ‘beginning to see through SNP’
Jacob Rees-Mogg has refused to confirm that he will “respect the outcome” of the 2021 Holyrood elections as Nicola Sturgeon’s mandate for a second independence referendum. The Leader of the House of Commons had been responding to demands from SNP spokesperson Tommy Sheppard. Mr Sheppard had also called for Scotland to be afforded a “bespoke solution” to Brexit like Northern Ireland as he claimed they were the “only nation within the UK getting a hard Brexit against its will”.
In response, Mr Rees-Mogg joked: “What a joy it is as always to hear from the Honourable Gentleman, who is such an uplifting advocate for the United Kingdom because he comes on and talks about sectionalism.
“What is the most sectionalist party? Oh good heavens, it is the Scottish Nationalist Party that is the one trying to split up the United Kingdom.
“So I would say ‘pot and kettle’, but it has to be said that there is no kettle, only a pot.
“He then says that Her Majesty’s Government believes in the primacy of democracy, unlike, it has to be said, the Scottish Government or the SNP.”
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He continued: “The Honourable Gentleman doesn’t believe in democracy, he’s against it.
“There was a vote in 2014 which was a generational vote. Now the Honourable Gentleman may think that a generation is the generation of the fruit fly.
“But I think the generation in question is the generation of a person, of a voter, and we are not yet close to a generation.
“But it’s fascinating, the Honourable Gentleman doesn’t want to talk about the success of the United Kingdom, the £8.2billion provided by the UK taxpayer to help Scotland.”
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The Cabinet minister added: “He doesn’t want to talk about the disaster that the SNP is at the moment, its failures in governing Scotland, its failure in education, its failure in health, its failure in law and order.
“Scotland is beginning to see through the SNP, we had a vote, the vote has been respected.
“We also had a vote on Europe, and that vote is being respected too.”
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Holyrood elections are due to take place in May next year, although they are allowed to be postponed if the coronavirus outbreak makes the date impractical.
The First Minister has already confirmed that the SNP will use the election to make the case for a second Scottish independence referendum.
Ms Sturgeon called the May vote “the most important in Scotland’s history”.
Her chances look good so far as the SNP are expected to win over 53 percent of the constituency vote, according to a commissioned Panelbase poll.
However, Boris Johnson has repeatedly said that he will not grant another referendum.
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