EVERY Scottish Conservative and Unionist election candidate will be signing a pledge today to underline their steadfast opposition to a second divisive independence referendum.
The pledge sets out our unequivocal promise to respect the overwhelming, once-in-a-generation decision taken by Scots in 2014 to remain part of the UK.
It also reflects our commitment to strengthening Scotland's place within the UK and to ensuring our 300-year-old Union continues to work for all four UK nations.
The Scottish Conservatives have put support for the Union - and opposition to Nicola Sturgeon's demand for another vote on removing Scotland from the UK - at the heart of our election campaign.
Our clear position stands in stark contrast to the confusion within the Labour Party.
Jeremy Corbyn has confirmed he will not stand in the way of a second referendum.
Announcing the new Scottish Conservative pledge, Scottish Conservative leader Jackson Carlaw MSP said:
"Our pledge could not be clearer. We will not allow Nicola Sturgeon to drag us back to the division and uncertainty that caused such damage to our country five years ago.
"We need to move on, not look back.
"Nicola Sturgeon has said she will demand the powers to hold Indyref2 within the next few weeks. She plans to stage the vote next year.
"Jeremy Corbyn is too weak to oppose her. He will happily agree to her demands as the price of the keys to 10 Downing Street.
"It speaks volumes that every one of our candidates will be signing the pledge. Not a single Labour candidate would do the same."
Our No2Indyref2 pledge:
If elected as your MP, I promise
- To respect the clear decision Scotland made in the 2014 referendum to remain in the United Kingdom.
- To oppose any attempt by the SNP to take us back to another divisive referendum less than 5 years after the last one
- To strengthen Scotland's place in the United Kingdom, and to ensure the Union works for all of us in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Scottish Conservative and Unionist Candidate.