MP speaks out on 'misjudged' Scots referendum call
MP James Heappey says the SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has "massively
misjudged the mood of the Scottish people" in calling for a
fresh independence referendum.
Heappey said this week: "When I was knocking doors in 2014,
I was struck by how often people would say that if we English were
such an impediment to Scotland, good riddance to them."
was a perfectly understandable reaction; the SNPs brand of
politics is to create grievance for the Scots and to annoy the English.
They know the former distracts from the weakness of their record
in Holyrood and the latter might lead the English commentariat to
say things that put a wedge between our two countries."
Nicola Sturgeon has massively misjudged the mood of the Scottish
people. The SNP promised that the vote in 2014 was a once in a lifetime
opportunity and I doubt many in Scotland will truly welcome the
uncertainty that another referendum brings."
got their timing wrong in claiming that this is about Scotlands
place in the EU too. Firstly because they propose a poll before
the outcome of the UKs Brexit negotiations will be confirmed
and secondly because if Scotland separated from the UK they'd leave
the EU anyway and then have to apply to join in their own right.
That could take years."
all of that we must not be complacent. The SNP will spend two years
saying what an inconvenience we English are to Scotland's glorious
future but we must not rise to the bait."
added: "Nicola Sturgeon, Alex Salmon and the Cyber Nats
on Twitter represent only a vocal minority of Scots. The best way
to counter their negativity is to celebrate the United Kingdom,
all that it stands for and all that we can become if we stick together."