SNP humiliated: Rees-Mogg dismantles Sturgeon’s demands for billions in ‘Brexit damages’
Scotland: UK support ‘has gone up to £8 billion’ says Rees-Mogg
Jacob Rees-Mogg dismantled Nicola Sturgeon’s demands for Brexit compensation, pointing out that the UK already gives billions to Scotland. The fiery rebuke came as the Tory leader of the House of Commons hit back at SNP’s Tommy Sheppard in the Commons on Thursday. Mr Sheppard had demanded “compensation” for Scotland after Britain’s departure from the EU, which he labelled a “disaster”.
Last weekend, the SNP demanded that the UK pay billions of pounds in compensation to Scotland for the mounting costs and disruption of Brexit.
The SNP, which is pushing for a second independence referendum, claimed that the UK Government “must apologise to Scottish businesses”.
The party’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford said Boris Johnson and the UK taxpayer must “pay compensation to Scotland for the long-term damage they are doing to our economy – costing us billions in lost trade and growth”.
Mr Rees-Mogg swiftly rebuked the demands: “We can see the benefits of the union.”
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He added: “The figure I’ve previously given for the support from UK taxpayers for Scotland has gone up!
“It’s now £8.6bn. The strength of the UK is helping Scotland face this pandemic.”
Mr Rees-Mogg also hit out at SNP calls for another independence referendum, saying: “It’s the same old complaint from the SNP that the referendum wasn’t a valid referendum.
“It was authoritative and it was a once-in-a-generation vote and that is absolutely right.”
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He also hit back at Scottish criticism of the impact Brexit had on its fisheries, insisting the Government was dealing with the issue “as quickly as possible”.
Nicola Sturgeon has always been a vocal critical of Brexit and has repeatedly refused to support it.
Also in the Commons this week, International Trade Secretary Liz Truss clashed with the SNP’s Stewart Hosie regarding the issues Scotland’s food exporting industries are suffering following Brexit.
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Ms Truss reminded Mr Hosie that £200 million was given to the SNP Government to minimise Brexit disruption.
She added: “I suggest he takes up that issue with Nicola Sturgeon to see how that money has been spent to help Scottish exporters.”
Earlier this month, a former UK ambassador to the EU outlined that the SNP’s dream of an independent Scotland joining the European Union would take at least a decade to achieve.
Sir Ivan Rodgers warned Scotland will only be able to join the European Union after leaving the United Kingdom and both processes would take several years.
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