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Nicola Sturgeon earlier this year demanded permission to hold a new independence referendum in Scotland after years of arguing Brexit would have a negative impact on the Scottish economy. Despite Boris Johnson rejecting the request, the SNP First Minister confirmed the pledge for a new vote will be included in her party’s manifesto for the 2021 Scottish election. But speaking to the Blue Collar Conservatism Conference 2020, Challencor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove warned Brexit will create a challenging obstacle to Ms Sturgeon’s plans for independence.
Mr Gove said: “Nicola Sturgeon will use anything to try to break up the United Kingdom.
“The whole point of the SNP is to smash the United Kingdom apart and they will manufacture any grievance, create any trouble they can and use any issue they think might work to their advantage.
“But actually, once we’re out of this transition period, once we take back control of our waters, then the SNP will have to argue to the people of northeastern Scotland that they should hand fishing waters back to Brussels.
“They’ll have to argue to people across Scotland that an independent Scotland should lose the pound and then what? Have the euro, or have its own independent currency? And then people in the SNP will have to say they want a hard border between Scotland and England.”
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Mr Gove continued: “So the reality of Brexit means Scotland’s independence will be less attractive than ever before.
“And that’s why Nicola Sturgeon and others are trying to stir the pot now. One of the things we all know is that there are politicians who’ve got a gift in being able to grab the agenda and that’s one of the things Nicola Sturgeon does.
“That’s because she’s had a long training in politics but Boris is more than a match for her and we need to be clear, actually, the breakup of the union would have a devastating impact on defence – where would our nuclear deterrent be?
“It would have an impact on our capacity to attract new investment into the country.”
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The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster added: “We have a proud history and we have a great future in the United Kingdom.
“We are stronger together and we should never be afraid of making that argument to the SNP.”
Despite the UK Government’s vehement opposition to a new independence referendum in Scotland, the latest polls have show increasing support for the Yes campaign.
A Survation poll of 1,018 Scots conducted between September 2 and 7 found 46 percent of respondents backed plans for Scotland to quit the UK.
An earlier Panelbase survey put support for independence at 51 percent among 1,011 participants between August 12 and 18.
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And Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer this week confirmed he “stands by” comments from earlier this year in which he said a landslide victory at the election next year would give the SNP a strong mandate for a new referendum.
Douglas Ross, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, told Express.co.uk the Labour Party had “thrown in the towel” despite the Scottish elections being eight months away.
Mr Ross said: “We are eight months from the Scottish Parliament election and already Labour are throwing in the towel and agreeing to the SNP’s demands.
“Yet again, Labour are proving they’re too much of a mess to stand up to the nationalists.
“They’ll give in at the first chance they get.
“The Scottish Conservatives are the only party who will stand up for the United Kingdom every time.”
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