Theresa May is playing into Nicola Sturgeon’s hands
As Theresa May marks 100 days in Downing Street today, Scottish Labour has accused her of threatening the Union she vowed to protect.
On the steps of Number Ten, the Prime Minister spoke of the ‘precious’ Union between the four nations of the UK. But Scottish Labour’s Westminster spokesperson Ian Murray MP said the increasingly right-wing rhetoric, xenophobia, and failure to plan for Brexit has created divisions on which the SNP thrives.
He said it is the Conservative Party, as well as the SNP, which is to blame for the threat of a second independence referendum.
Ian Murray MP said:
“Ever since the morning of September 19, 2014, the Tories have undermined our Union. English Votes for English Laws – a kneejerk reaction to UKIP’s English nationalism – has created two classes of MPs for the first time, and the Tories were responsible for a despicable general election campaign which sought to divide the Scots and the English.
The Tories completely failed to produce a plan for Brexit and, nearly four months on, Labour has produced 170 questions they must answer.
Since Theresa May entered Downing Street, the Tory Party has become increasingly in thrall to a band of Brexit fanatics, obsessed by immigration, with the chilling suggestion that firms should be forced to reveal how many migrant workers they employ.
In July, the Commons voted overwhelmingly in support of a Labour motion urging the Government to commit to giving EU nationals currently living in the UK the right to remain. This week, unforgivably, the Tory government voted against giving EU nationals the guarantees they deserve. That shows just how far to the right they’ve gone in just a few months.
This increasingly right-wing xenophobic Conservative Party has created the divisions in this country that Scottish nationalists thrive on.
Theresa May said the Union was ‘precious’ to her – but 100 days on, it is her actions that have put the Union at risk once again.
Scottish Labour is the only party that stands for what the majority of Scots want – remaining part of the UK and maintaining our relationship with Europe.”