Nicola Sturgeon has put “independence over jobs” by ramping up her push for another divisive referendum in the Programme for Government, the Scottish Conservatives have said.
The nationalist SNP-Green Government announced plans for a new independence White Paper and plans to hold a referendum over the next two years.
In the Programme for Government, they commit to starting “work on a detailed prospectus for an independent Scotland.”
The Scottish Conservatives said Scotland’s priorities have been sidelined and the priority should have been proper plans to support jobs, tackle drug deaths, and remobilise our NHS.
Scottish Conservative Leader Douglas Ross said: “Nicola Sturgeon has put independence over jobs.
“The focus of her government is on a referendum, not Scotland’s recovery.
“The economy is not front and centre, it’s been shunted aside in favour of a plan to separate Scotland within two years.
“The SNP-Green Government should be pouring all its effort into rebuilding Scotland. Instead, the government will be distracted by desperately trying to build a new case for independence.
“Nicola Sturgeon’s big plan for Scotland’s recovery is a new White Paper for independence, instead of a jobs recovery plan, a real plan to tackle drug deaths, or a proper NHS recovery plan.
“People will watch in frustration, even fury, as the SNP-Green Government takes time and resources away from Scotland’s recovery from Covid, in favour of their usual obsession.
“Scotland’s priorities will be sidelined again by a nationalist government that puts independence above everything else.”