Liz Truss tells Nicola Sturgeon to stop ‘agitating’ over another Scottish independence referendum |  Political news

Liz Truss tells Nicola Sturgeon to stop ‘agitating’ over another Scottish independence referendum | Political news

Liz Truss has said that Nicola Sturgeon should focus on Scotland’s internal affairs rather than “agitating” for a second independence referendum.

The leading Tory leadership candidate told an election event in Perth on Tuesday that she “would not allow” another vote on independence if she becomes prime minister on September 5.

Protesters gathered outside the city’s concert hall as they chanted “Tories out” and held banners reading “Scots, not Brits” as they pushed through barriers in the most tense campaign yet, and the first and only in Scotland. .

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Mrs Truss Y mrs sturgeon They have been exchanging blows since the favorite to succeed Boris Johnson said it was better to “ignore” the Scottish premier and his insistent calls to another independence referendum.

The SNP leader responded by saying that in his limited dealings with Ms. Truss, the Foreign Secretary seemed more interested in asking her how to get into vogue magazine.

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Inside the room, Mrs Truss called herself a “daughter of the union”, having lived in Paisley as a child, and said the Scottish government should improve its record rather than seek another vote.

The Scottish government is pushing for the decision on whether to hold a referendum to be taken away from Westminster, and the High Court is set to rule on the legality of holding an advisory vote next year.

Truss said: “If I am elected as prime minister, I will not allow another independence referendum.

“At the time of the 2014 referendum, the SNP agreed that it was a once-in-a-generation referendum.

“I believe in politicians keeping their promises, and Nicola Sturgeon should keep her promise.

“What he should be doing, rather than agitating for another referendum, is deal with the very real issues in Scotland.”

He added that the Scottish government should deal with its NHS backlog.

Ms. Truss’s comments were somewhat overshadowed by questions about a leaked recording in which he said British workers needed “more bribes” and lacked the “skill and application” of foreign rivals.

The clip, obtained by The Guardian, was recorded five years ago but came before the campaigns.

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In the meantime, Rishi Sunak he was less emphatic in his rejection of another pro-independence referendum.

The former chancellor said he accepted the union was “by consent” and that he did not think “now or in the near future” was the time to consider another vote.

“We live in a union that of course exists by consent and by democracy and I accept that, but I don’t think anyone thinks that now or anytime in the near future is remotely the time to focus on this.” ,” he said.

The SNP’s deputy leader of Westminster, Kirsten Oswald, said the event had been “depressing” for people in Scotland and said the candidates were trying to “outdo Thatcher against each other”.

“The couple repeatedly tried to tell us tonight what Scotland wants,” he added.

“Scotland has made clear what it does and does not want by repeatedly rejecting the Conservatives at the polls and repeatedly voting for parties that support independence.”

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