Liz Truss tells Nicola Sturgeon to stop ‘agitating’ for another Scottish independence referendum | News about politics

Liz Truss has said Nicola Sturgeon should focus on Scotland’s domestic issues rather than “agitating” for another independence referendum.

The Tory frontbencher told a hustings event in Perth on Tuesday that she “would not allow” another independence vote if she becomes prime minister on September 5.

Protesters gathered outside the city’s concert hall chanting “Tories out” and holding banners reading “Scottish not British” as they pushed through barriers in the most tense hustings yet – and the first and only one in Scotland.

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Mrs Truss and Ms Sturgeon has traded blows since the favorite to succeed Boris Johnson said it was best to “ignore” the Scottish First Minister and her persistent demands a new referendum on independence.

The SNP leader hit back, saying that in her limited dealings with Truss the Foreign Secretary had seemed most interested in ask her how she got into Vogue magazine.

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Inside the hall, Mrs Truss called herself a “child of the union” since she lived in Paisley as a young girl – and said the Scottish Government should improve its record rather than seek another vote.

The Scottish Government is pushing for the decision on whether a referendum can take place to be taken away from Westminster, with the High Court set to rule on the legality of holding an advisory vote next year.

Truss said: “If elected as Prime Minister, I will not allow another independence referendum.

“At the time of the 2014 referendum it was agreed by the SNP that it was a once-in-a-generation referendum.

“I believe in politicians keeping their promises and Nicola Sturgeon should keep her promise.

“What she should be doing, instead of agitating for another referendum, is to deal with the very real problems in Scotland.”

She added that the Scottish Government should deal with its NHS backlog instead.

Mrs Truss’ comments were somewhat overshadowed by questions about a leaked recording in which she said British workers needed “more graft” and lacked the “skill and application” of foreign rivals.

The clip, obtained by The Guardian, was recorded five years ago but emerged before the hustings.

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Meanwhile, Rishi Sunak was less emphatic in its rejection of another independence referendum.

The former chancellor said he accepted the union was “consensual” and he did not think “now or at any time in the near future” was the time to consider another vote.

“We live in a union which of course exists by consent and by democracy, and I accept that, but I just don’t think anyone thinks that now or anytime in the near future is the time to focus on this,” he so.

SNP Westminster deputy leader Kirsten Oswald said the event had been “depressing to watch” for people in Scotland, saying the candidates were trying to “beat each other out”.

“The couple tried repeatedly tonight to tell us what Scotland wants,” she added.

“Scotland has made it clear what it does and does not want by repeatedly rejecting the Tories at the polls and repeatedly voting for pro-independence parties.”

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