18 September 2019

Commenting on the fifth anniversary of the independence referendum, Shadow Scottish Secretary, Lesley Laird, said:

"Today marks the five year anniversary of the definitive decision of the people of Scotland democratically affirming Scotland's place in the UK.

"It is a referendum result that has never been accepted by the SNP. Ever since they found out that they lost, they have been agitating for the referendum to be rerun. That is not what people in Scotland want, and for one simple reason I'm not convinced it's what Nicola Sturgeon wants - because she knows she would lose again.

"Their Cuts Commission is a blueprint for austerity, their currency proposals are high risk and reckless and the GERS figures lay bare the fact that an independent Scotland would have the worst economic deficit in Europe.

"That is not a vision that will inspire people in Scotland, and it is not a reality that the SNP should be allowed to inflict on Scotland.

“Only electing a Labour government will ensure that we get rid of the Tories and secure a radical transformative agenda across Scotland and the whole of the UK."
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