DAVIDSON’S AUTHORITY BEING SHREDDED AS MP’S MSP’S BACK BORIS.
SCOTTISH TORIES IGNORING LEADER TO FALL IN LINE BEHIND “UNFIT” JOHNSON AND NO-DEAL BREXIT.
Ruth Davidson’s authority is “being shredded by the day” as more of her party colleagues ignore her by backing Boris Johnson for Prime Minister and supporting a No-Deal Brexit which would be disastrous for Scotland.
Mr Johnson has pledged to take Scotland and the rest of the UK out of the European Union by October 31 “deal or no deal” and “do or die.”
Four Scottish Tory MPs – Ross Thomson, Colin Clark, Douglas Ross and Andrew Bowie – are now officially backing Mr Johnson, and 3 MSPs – Michelle Ballantyne, Margaret Mitchell and Oliver Mundell – have said they’ll vote for him to be the next Prime Minister.
Michelle Ballantyne previously said: “I think there’s a recognition that Boris Johnson wouldn’t play well in Scotland (…) because I don’t think Scotland has been an area that he’s ever really given much thought to (…) having a prime minister who is interested in Scotland, who cared about Scotland, who cares about Scotland, is important to us,” but is now backing Boris Johnson for Tory leader.
Other Tories who warned of “adverse consequences” of No-Deal and described the prospect as “far from satisfactory” have also fallen into line behind Boris Johnson.
SNP MSP George Adam said:
“Ruth Davidson’s authority is being shredded by the day as more and more of her colleagues ignore her and lend their backing to Boris Johnson, and to a No-deal Brexit that would be a disaster for Scotland.
“We know that a No-Deal Brexit pursued by Boris Johnson would be an utter catastrophe for Scotland – putting up to 100,000 jobs at risk and costing every person up to £2,300 a year – yet that’s exactly where we are headed.
“Scotland voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU, and we know that any form of Brexit could be devastating to our jobs, living standards, public services and economy.
“Brexit will hit the pockets of people across Scotland – the people that Tory MSPs and MPs were elected to represent. The Scottish Tories know this, they’ve spoken out against a no-deal Brexit before, but they continue to fall meekly into line behind Boris Johnson – a man who is clearly unfit to be PM.
“The Tories in Scotland are no different to their toxic colleagues at Westminster – they have proved themselves completely out of touch, and utterly incapable of standing up for the interests of Scotland.”
Michelle Ballantyne MSP: I think there’s a recognition that Boris Johnson wouldn’t play well in Scotland (…) “Because I don’t think Scotland has been an area that he’s ever really given much thought to. (…) having a prime minister who is interested in Scotland, who cares about Scotland, is important to us.”
Colin Clark MP: “No deal is far from satisfactory but ministers are making preparations and we are getting reassurance.”
Andrew Bowie MP: “While leaving the EU with “No Deal” or “WTO terms” is still a possibility, I do not believe that this is the best outcome.”
Margaret Mitchell MSP: “However, given the uncertainty about potentially adverse consequences of a no-deal scenario, and to allow policing and legal sectors to prepare fully, we need more information to be put into the public domain and shared with elected representatives.”