NICOLA STURGEON unleashed a scathing attack on Boris Johnson during the SNP campaign launch. Ms Sturgeon claimed the Prime Minister word can’t be taken seriously as well as mocking him over his failed attempt to get Britain out of the EU by October 31.
Ms Sturgeon was addressing supporters at an election rally in Edinburgh when she staged the blistering intervention. Railing against her political rival, she said: “Who will decide our future will it be Boris Johnson or will it be the people of Scotland? The question must be to Boris Johnson and Westminster what gives you the right to block the wishes of the people of Scotland.
“However, you vote I’m going to ignore. I would say to the people of Scotland this is an opportunity to show Boris Johnson exactly what we think of such a contemptuous and disrespectful attitude towards Scottish democracy.
“The position Boris Johnson articulated yesterday is not a sensible, serious or sustainable position.
“That he will block Scottish democracy forever and a day.
“I will predict confidently that the position he articulated yesterday will have a shelf life as long as his ‘we will leave the European Union do or die or I’ll be dead in a ditch otherwise.
“This is not a man whose word an be taken seriously.
“We already see it crumbling before our eyes in the Labour Party and I don’t think it will be long before we see it happening elsewhere.”
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also said that a vote for the SNP is a vote to put Scotland’s future “firmly in Scotland’s hands.”
“Westminster’s priorities can be summed up in just three words – Brexit, Brexit, Brexit,” said Ms Sturgeon.
She continued: “A vote for the SNP, in contrast, is a vote to escape Brexit. A vote for the SNP is a vote to take Scotland’s future out of the hands of Boris Johnson and a broken Westminster system.
“A vote for the SNP is a vote to put Scotland’s future firmly in Scotland’s hands.”
Outlining her party’s plan to protect the NHS from a potential trade deal with Donald Trump, Ms Sturgeon said: “We will fight tooth and nail any attempt to expose the national health service to a post-Brexit trade deal with Donald Trump.
“That’s why after the election, SNP MPs will bring forward a new law – an NHS protection Bill – to explicitly protect the NHS in all four countries of the UK from becoming a bargaining chip in future trade deals.
“It would prevent companies from taking legal action through investment protection or investor-state dispute resolution mechanisms.
“It would ensure that confidential discounts for expensive medicines would not be at risk.
“And it would stipulate that, before any trade deal could come into force, the Scottish Parliament and the other devolved legislatures would need to give their explicit content.”
The SNP intends to hold another independence referendum in 2020 following the result of the upcoming December general election but need the Prime Minister’s consent for it to be legally binding.