Tories and SNP partners in crime on sowing division

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has accused the SNP and the Conservatives of being partners-in-crime in stoking up division for their own political gain, urging both to put forward a positive vision for stable and lasting constitutional reform.

It comes after SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon refused to quash uncertainty by ruling out plans for a second referendum.

Mr Rennie said:

“The SNP and the Conservatives are partners in crime when it comes to reopening the referendum issue. The SNP have gone back on their commitment that there would not be another referendum for a lifetime. The Conservatives are sowing division by stoking up English nationalism.

"Nicola Sturgeon's inability to bring clarity on another referendum risks economic consequences similar to those seen in Quebec. We also need a Government that focuses on the challenges our public services face.  The SNP took their eye off the ball during the referendum and as a result the NHS went into crisis and the police into chaos. Our hospitals and police cannot afford a repeat.

"The Conservatives are stoking up English nationalism to gain a few grubby votes from UKIP. Just months after securing a united future for our country the Tories are risking division putting party before country.

“Only Liberal Democrats have put forward a positive vision for stable, lasting constitutional reform across the UK, which balances power away from London and into the heart of local communities. It is disappointing that the Conservatives and the SNP refuse to do the same. Scottish Liberal Democrats will not put our unity at risk so in each of our eleven held seats voters face a clear choice. The Lib Dems are best placed to deliver positive reform and stop the SNP from dragging Scotland towards neverendum.”

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