Liz Truss, candidate to succeed Boris Johnson as leader of the British Conservative Party
Downing Street candidate Liz Truss has angered Scottish separatists in the SNP by saying on Monday night that Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is only trying to “catch attention” with her new referendum plan about independence and should be “ignored”.
In one of the 12 debates scheduled in the campaign to succeed Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, seen as the frontrunner, ran as a child of the union.
I truly believe that we are a family and that we are better together and I think the best thing to do with Nicola Sturgeon is to ignore her, said Liz Truss, applauded by party members in Exeter, South West England.
It seeks attention, she continued, believing that people in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales need to be shown that we deliver on our commitments to them and that our policies apply across the UK.
When asked about a new independence referendum, Liz Truss repeated the word no three times .
On the BBC, Scottish Deputy First Minister John Swinney found Liz Truss's comments completely and absolutely unacceptable. Scots will be absolutely horrified by the candidate's harmful words.
Nicola Sturgeon has far more democratic legitimacy than Liz Truss will have if she becomes prime minister, he said Tuesday morning, referring to the fact that only Party adherents Tory – estimated at nearly 200,000 people – will take part in the vote, representing only a small fraction of the electorate.
SNP MP Chris Law has meanwhile denounced to him the total contempt of the future prime minister.
For his part, Liz Truss' opponent in the Downing Street race, Rishi Sunak, highlighted the support of 10 elected Scottish Conservatives. Keeping the UK together means taking on nationalism and beating them at the ballot box, tweeted the ex-finance minister, who appears to be cutting back.
Despite the British government's repeated refusal, Nicola Sturgeon intends to organize a new referendum on Scottish independence on October 19, 2023.
Anticipating a legal showdown With the central government, the independence leader took the lead and took the Supreme Court to determine whether the Scottish Parliament has the power to legislate to organize this referendum without the agreement of the British government. The hearing is scheduled for October 11 and 12.
The Scots had already been consulted on the subject in 2014 and had voted 55% to remain within the United Kingdom.
The SNP believes, however, that Brexit, against which the Scots voted 62% in 2016, was a game changer. The SNP's aim is for Scotland to join the European Union as an independent state.
Members of the British Conservative Party have until #x27;on September 2 to vote by mail to appoint the successor to Boris Johnson, who announced his resignation almost a month ago after a succession of scandals. The announcement of the result is expected on September 5.
According to the Times, a private poll puts Liz just five points ahead Truss, where a YouGov poll at the end of the selection of the two finalists gave him a 24-point lead. The head of diplomacy has received in recent days a series of support from figures in her party as well as from the Daily Telegraph, a daily influential with the conservative electorate.