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Holding an independence referendum this year would be “totally irresponsible,” said Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross

He made the comments after the SNP released its 11-point roadmap towards an Indyref2

It has been stated that a post-pandemic referendum will be held if a majority is elected for independence in the Scottish Parliament in the May elections

But Ross said people were “absolutely deceived” in believing that a referendum should be held instead of focusing on the country’s economic recovery from Covid-19

When asked about the prospect of an “unofficial” referendum if the British government rejects an application under Section 30 to hold a referendum, Ross told the PA news agency: “This is what the SNP will say if they receive a referendum majority

“We have your Secretary of Constitution (Mike Russell), one of the senior advisors to Nicola Sturgeon (Scottish First Minister), who says he wants a referendum before Christmas

“We are now talking about the SNP for the next 10 months (with) what we are going through, all of these challenges to get this virus under control, and then the economic response that will take years of recovery, the SNP wants a referendum, a wild referendum, in a few months before the end of the year

“I just think that this is totally irresponsible, unacceptable and the fact that they would even threaten an illegal referendum shows that this is their priority

“It’s not about advocating Scottish jobs, helping Scottish businesses support communities, but rather supporting the SNP’s goals of separation”

“I’m sure I don’t want another referendum I do not support the uncertainty and division that would lead to it”

“But even if we survive the health emergency in the next few months, and I hope that the SNP will take up the criticism of their sluggish introduction of vaccines and actually increase the use even if they get through it, when everything is back and forth with us the Scottish Finance Commission predicted last Thursday that our economy in Scotland would not return to pre-Covid levels until 2024 “

In a speech last Monday, Ross urged Ms. Sturgeon to debate her party’s proposals for a second independence referendum

Ross told PA: “This would be a televised debate on the BBC or STV where the party leader who supports the separation of Scotland from the rest of the UK and the leader of the main opposition party in Scotland and the only party strong enough To challenge the SNP, the Scottish Conservatives, they are directly discussing what it would mean for Scotland, what it would mean for us to be distracted from this division again during a pandemic

“Well Nicola Sturgeon’s answer is that she is focused on the pandemic. If she had focused on the pandemic, she would not have authorized the SNP to come up with an 11-point plan for another independence referendum in which the possibility an illegal referendum is under consideration

A spokeswoman for the First Secretary of State, Ms Sturgeon, said: “The Scottish Government is absolutely focused on tackling the pandemic, which remains a top priority for everyone, and we got to work on this at the start of the Covid crisis last year interrupted by independence – in contrast to the Tories, who shamefully plowed Brexit in the middle of the pandemic

“But the question is, who the people of Scotland want to be responsible for rebuilding our country and our economy – a Scottish government or a Westminster government led by Boris Johnson?

“And we are determined to give the people of Scotland that choice in a legal post-pandemic referendum”

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Source: https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/scottish-independence-referendum-year-wholly-23447025