Scottish Greens blast Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss plan to ‘save broken union’

The Scottish Greens have insisted a ‘big brother-style unity to save the broken union’ will be resisted.

The party, the Scottish Government’s junior administration partner, highlighted threats from the two candidates vying to become the next Prime Minister to reunite “union unity” again.

Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak have both insisted they will block any attempt by the Scottish government to hold a second independence referendum – with the Greens stressing that the next leader will only see the strategy continued under Boris Johnson.

Nicola Sturgeon has planned to hold a referendum in October next year, subject to the UK Supreme Court clearing a legal route for the ballot.

In a bid to convince Tory members in Scotland to support them, the two candidates set out a series of policies aimed at strengthening the Union and the British government’s presence in Scotland.

Mr Sunak also unveiled plans to reform a team of advisers within Downing Street known as the ‘trade union unit’.

Scottish Greens finance spokesman Ross Greer said: ‘This is the cruelest and most arrogant Tory government of a generation, right up there with Thatcher at his worst.

“Even as the removal vans carry away the last vestiges of a Boris Johnson administration that has failed Scotland time and time again, it is clear that we are going even further.

“The fact that the two potential replacements for the Prime Minister say that stopping Scotland’s democratic right to an independence referendum is a priority, and worse, that they intend to impose a unity of big brother style to save the broken union, says it all.”

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