The SNP have locked in plans to hold another divisive independence referendum while Scotland is still recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Their manifesto states the “SNP intention is for the referendum to be within the first half of the five year term.”
Nicola Sturgeon has previously confirmed she would seek to hold a referendum in the “recovery phase.”
The SNP manifesto also confirms they will seek to hold a referendum, regardless of what the UK Government says. It says that the SNP will pass a referendum bill and “vigorously defend” it in the courts.
Douglas Ross was joined today on the campaign trail by Ruth Davidson to call for pro-UK voters to unite once again behind the Scottish Conservatives with their party list votes to stop an SNP majority and their plans for another referendum.
Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross said: “The SNP manifesto confirms that Scotland has a choice of two futures – referendum or recovery.
“Nicola Sturgeon has said it herself – when Scotland is still in the recovery phase, she wants another referendum.
“This is a manifesto to create a new crisis at the earliest opportunity, when we’re going to be tackling the health and economic crisis for years to come.
“If they get a majority, the SNP will put a referendum roadblock in front of Scotland’s recovery.
“No amount of stop signs from the Scottish public will force the SNP to u-turn. They are determined to create a constitutional crisis that would crash Scotland’s economy and force us through years of division and uncertainty.
“The rest of the SNP manifesto is irrelevant. It is a list of future broken promises. They won’t deliver because, just like the last 14 years, they’ll be distracted from the task at hand.
“Nicola Sturgeon will take her eye off the ball on everything else and focus on her top priority – a reckless referendum that she will demand the day after the election, if the SNP get a majority.
“If pro-UK voters come together and give their party list votes to the Scottish Conservatives, we can stop the SNP getting a majority and stop them holding another independence referendum, just like in 2016.”