SNP finance minister confirms ‘referendum before recovery’

Finance secretary Kate Forbes has confirmed the SNP would put a referendum “before recovery.”

Asked about the timing of another referendum, Forbes said at the CBI hustings it would take place “before recovery in earnest.”

Nicola Sturgeon has previously said indyref2 should take place in the “recovery phase.”

The Scottish Conservatives also challenged the SNP leader to reveal details of how the SNP think a hard border between Scotland and England would create jobs after an “irresponsible” claim from an SNP candidate.

Emma Harper argued last night that “jobs can be created if a border is created” between Scotland and England.

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross said: “The SNP’s recklessness knows no limits.

“Their finance minister, the very person who is supposed to be well-versed in the crisis facing Scotland’s economy, thinks it’s right to press ahead with a referendum ‘before recovery’.  

“A referendum in the middle of a jobs crisis, while we’re still recovering from Covid, would send our economy spiralling into the deepest recession.

“The uncertainty would crush many businesses and ignite an even worse jobs crisis than the one we’re already facing from the pandemic.

“People in Scotland deserve to hear details from Nicola Sturgeon on how the SNP’s plan for a border between Scotland and England could possibly create jobs.

“The opposite is true – it would threaten the hundreds of thousands of Scottish jobs that rely on trade with the rest of the UK. The economic fallout of a border would be catastrophic.

“Nicola Sturgeon must either explain the SNP’s border plan to voters – or she can clarify that her candidate was talking utter nonsense.

“The only way to stop an SNP majority and stop them pushing ahead with another divisive referendum is to use your party list vote on the peach ballot for the Scottish Conservatives.”


Forbes said: “What Nicola Sturgeon has said is that after the immediate impact has passed - in other words once we start to relax lockdown restrictions, we are back to as much normality as possible - but before recovery in earnest, that allows us to shape that recovery.”

Link to full hustings here -

Harper said: “If a border… if a border will work we can show that a border will work, there are issues that have been brought to my attention that show that jobs can be created if a border is created.”

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