May to tell Scots: Let UK and Scotland 'flourish together'

The Tories' reckless Brexit gamble has given the Nationalists the excuse they have been looking for to try to force another independence referendum on the people of Scotland.

Theresa May will make a direct pitch to Scottish unionists on her first trip of the General Election campaign north of the border.

Sturgeon replied: "The simple point that I am making is this: GERS does not tell us anything much about the finances of an independent Scotland".

He has also said his party is aiming to regain the Scottish seats it lost in 2015.

Mrs May accused Labour, the Lib Dems and Nicola Sturgeon's SNP of trying to stop the path toward Brexit.

"The result is a negotiating position set out exclusively by the United Kingdom government rather than what was set out in the terms of reference, namely to agree a United Kingdom approach", Russell said.

On the BBC's Sunday Politics programme, Mr Salmond was asked about cuts to local authority budgets in Scotland.

The Labour leader is expected to say: "The Conservatives are more than happy with this state of affairs".

Ms May has been widely criticised by the Scottish National Party and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon for not granting the Scots permission to hold a second independence referendum between 2018 and 2019.




Meanwhile, Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale marked 20 years on from Tony Blair's landslide victory in the 1997 general election by highlighting Labour government milestones, including introducing the minimum wage, brokering peace in Northern Ireland and establishing the Scottish Parliament.

Ms May insisted under her Government that incomes for pensioners "would increase".

"We can send him and Nicola Sturgeon a clear message in this week's council elections: enough with the independence obsession, and get back to the day job we pay you to do".

Commenting on the interview, Scottish Labour's general election campaign manager, James Kelly, said: "Alex Salmond's car-crash interview exposed the reality of the SNP's record in government".

The number of Liberal Democrats and independent candidates is unchanged at 247 and 499 respectively, and there are 148 candidates from other parties. It wasn't the result I wanted but democracy means that that is where we are.

No serving SNP MPs or MSPs backed Brexit during the referendum - although former Cabinet Secretary Alex Neil confessed he voted Leave in the privacy of the polling booth after it was over.

"Labour should also be concentrating on stopping the Tories - by pandering to the Tories they are letting down voters in this election".

Following the Prime Minister's outline for the kind of Brexit deal that she was seeking, a March 2017 poll conducted by Ipsos-MORI reported that 47% of Scottish voters said that they would vote yes to independence, while 53% said that they would vote no.

"The Greens above all are evidently hoping to make a significant breakthrough, while the Tories and the SNP would seem to anticipate doing better than they did five years ago".

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