The candidates to succeed Boris Johnson as British prime minister, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak, visited Scotland today seeking the support of unionist voters, with the promise of greater scrutiny of the independentist regional government.
In the city of Perth, with a long conservative tradition until the last municipal elections in May, in which the Scottish National Party (SNP) snatched its hegemony, Truss, favorite to win the Conservative Party primaries, indicated that she will demand greater transparency from the Executive. Scotsman, if you enter Downing Street.
Truss criticized Scottish head of government Nicola Sturgeon’s focus on promoting “constitutional division” rather than social priorities.
“I will ensure that my government does everything necessary to hold elected officials accountable for not providing the quality public services, notably in health and education, that Scots deserve,” she said.
The other prime ministerial candidate, Rishi Sunak, promised that, as chief executive, he would force the Scottish Government’s permanent secretary, the highest official in the self-government, to appear annually before Westminster in London.
“For far too long, the Scottish National Party has managed to hide its flaws in choosing and selecting the data it publishes. It would change that by ensuring that the Scottish Government is accountable and ensuring that our public services are better managed,” he promised.
“The UK’s future is bright, but our union must work together, all nations shoulder to shoulder, to achieve it,” he added.
Sturgeon plans to hold a new referendum on independence in October next year.
The consultation needs central government authorization, something outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson has denied, deeming it “not the time” for another consultation, after Scots voted in 2014 to remain in the UK.
As provided for in the Scottish Act 1998, which governs relations between London and Edinburgh, it is the House of Commons that can legislate on the future of the union.
The legality of Sturgeon convening the consultation without the London government will be assessed by the British Supreme Court on 11 and 12 October.
Source: With Agencies