SNP accuses Boris Johnson of treating Scotland as "too small, too poor, or too stupid" to deal with alone when the Prime Minister visits north of the border to let them know that Union membership has 900,000 Scottish jobs during the corona virus Crisis saved
- Boris Johnson is visiting Scotland for the first time since the 2019 general election
- He said being part of the UK saved 900,000 Scottish jobs during the coronavirus crisis
- SNP's Ian Blackford accused the Prime Minister of treating Scotland as "stupid" and "poor".
The SNP today accused Boris Johnson of treating Scotland as "too small, too poor or too stupid" to cope with alone, as the Prime Minister claimed to be part of the Union, which created 900,000 Scottish jobs during the Corona Virus Saved the crisis.
Mr Johnson will be visiting Scotland today for the first time since last December's general election and said overnight that the pandemic "has once again demonstrated the sheer power of our union".
However, his words sparked the Scottish nationalists' anger when SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford suggested that the Prime Minister consider Scotland a small partner in the United Kingdom.
The controversy comes after a series of recent polls showed that support for Scottish independence is now more popular than staying part of the UK.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will visit Scotland for the first time since the 2019 general election
The Prime Minister will claim that membership of the Union saved 900,000 Scottish jobs during the coronavirus pandemic. But SNP's Ian Blackford accused the Prime Minister of treating Scotland as "too stupid" to deal with alone
During his visit today, Mr. Johnson will meet with coronavirus outbreaks, green energy workers, and military personnel to thank them for their efforts in responding to the fatal outbreak.
However, given the growing tension between Downing Street and Holyrood, there are no plans for Mr. Johnson to meet the SNP leader and Scottish Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
Ms. Sturgeon said yesterday that she was ready to meet with the prime minister.
Before the visit, Mr. Johnson said: “When I was on the Downing Street steps a year ago, I promised to be prime minister for every corner of the UK.
“Whether you are from East Kilbride or Dumfries, Motherwell or Paisley, I have promised to improve across the UK and close the opportunity gap.
"The past six months have shown exactly why the historic and cordial connection that connects the four nations of our country is so important and the sheer power of our Union has been demonstrated again."
However, Mr Johnson's claim that he saved 900,000 Scottish jobs as part of the UK during the pandemic sparked the SNP's anger.
Ian Blackford said he did not think Mr Johnson's message about Scotland's apparent dependence on the Union during the coronavirus crisis was well received during his visit.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today program, he said, “I think he will find that this message will be particularly badly received in Scotland.
"Does he really say that another small nation in Europe and another part of the world is unable to cope with the Covid crisis?
“I think the days when we told Scotland that we were either too small, too poor or too stupid are really over.
"I think what we have shown in the areas of shared responsibility and public health over the past two months is that the leadership that our first minister (Nicola Sturgeon) has shown is in sharp contrast to the noise that is we saw Boris Johnson. & # 39;
In addition to the employment claim, Mr. Johnson has pledged £ 50 million to Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles today to develop the islands economy through a growth agreement.
The Scottish government said it would invest the same amount in the islands, which means that every area in Scotland is now funded by the UK and Scottish Government's joint initiatives.
Nicola Sturgeon had offered to meet with Mr. Johnson during today's visit, but a meeting with the First Minister is not planned
The Prime Minister's visit, which is preparing for his one-year anniversary on Downing Street, is following a surge in election support for Scotland's independence in recent months.
Two Panelbase surveys recently showed that 54 percent of respondents want Scotland to be separated from the UK.
The same polls predicted that the SNP will win the majority of seats in the Scottish Parliament in next year's elections.
Scotland voted 55-45 percent against an independent nation in a referendum in 2014.
Ms. Sturgeon has called for the survey to be repeated this year, but Mr. Johnson firmly believes that he will not allow another referendum.
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