Ruth Davidson on Scottish independence

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On the one hand, Nicola Sturgeon tells parliament she's resetting her referendum plans. On the other, she and her party launch a new referendum campaign to mobilise support for independence. Nicola Sturgeon could have used today to show she had listened to people across Scotland. Instead, she has shown she is determined to press ahead with her referendum no matter what people say.feedback
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Jun 27 2017
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Before the 2016 election I was standing next to her on a platform doing one of these television debates when she said time and time again that if the people of Scotland didn't want a referendum there won't be one. I say it is a weak mandate. With the current trajectory of support in this country going down for another independence referendum I don't see it happening any time soon.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon says she wants a seat at the Brexit table but she wants Scotland to be out of the UK and into the eurozone. I ask myself, which side of the table does she want to be sat on?feedback

Today, I want to speak directly to Labour party voters across Scotland ... The truth is, your party has left you, not the other way around. It may well find its way back. But you know, and I know, it won't be at this election. So let me do a job for you. In great swathes of the country, it is only the Scottish Conservatives who are strong enough to take on the SNP. And in many places we can only win, if you join with us.feedback

We've made a different choice in Scotland, in our Scottish manifesto today. We believe that there shouldn't be means testing for the winter fuel payment. The reason that we've said that is - as many of your viewers will acknowledge - Scotland has a colder climate. We also have a different amount of housing stock. Devolution allows you to make different decisions. I want to use that money in terms of the winter fuel payment. Down South, my colleagues want to put that into the health service.feedback

My hope is that, in Scotland, our decades-long obsession with the constitution may soon be coming to an end - and we can start using the enormous powers of our Parliament to improve the actual fabric of our country.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon is treating Scotland's fishing communities with utter contempt. The SNP cannot have it both ways. Scotland's fishing communities will not be fooled by them. Fishermen see great opportunities after Brexit so the most important thing for their industry is to secure the best deal for Scotland and the whole of the UK when we leave the EU.feedback

We're in the mix or ahead of the game in the Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, bits of Ayrshire, Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Perthshire, Stirlingshire, Angus, right the way up to Banffshire, Aberdeenshire and across to Moray. But we are the underdogs in this. We're taking nothing for granted. We know we've got to work really, really hard to take first-past-the-post seats at the next election. They stopped English people buying things in shops on a Sunday and then they talked about English people hunting foxes. What else have they done in legislative terms to bring back as a success for Scotland?feedback

I'm not sure what Scotland has gotten out of 54 SNP MPs for the last two years. What policy triumphs have they got to talk about?feedback

We go into this election with one seat. They go into with 54 – and most of them with large majorities. Even to challenge the Nationalists in some of these seats is going to take a Herculean effort. Make no mistake – we are the underdogs going into this campaign. But we also know this. The SNP is not Scotland. And people across this country don't take kindly to Nicola Sturgeon pretending the opposite is true.feedback

It's to bring the SNP down to size; to show they can't take Scotland for granted; to show that we, the Scottish Conservatives, can lead Scotland's fightback against the SNP.feedback

But I think should Angus Robertson's seat fall, I think that's a real Ed Balls moment for Scotland.feedback

It's a very pro-Union part of the country, and it was the most pro-Brexit area of Scotland. I also think for those people, the 50.1 per cent of people in Moray who voted Remain, similar to thousands of people across Scotland who voted Remain that are also pro-Union, they are really angry. I don't think anybody has cottoned on to how angry pro-UK Remainers are that Nicola Sturgeon, Angus Robertson and others have hijacked their Remain vote to be a proxy vote for independence. People are furious about it.feedback

The First Minister risks turning herself into a laughing stock here. For the last few months, everyone in Scotland has seen her do nothing else but campaign for an unwanted second independence referendum. Yet now there's an election on, she suddenly tells people independence isn't the issue for her and orders her troops - don't mention the 'i' word. After the last few months of talking about nothing else, who does she think she's kidding?feedback

Make no mistake – the SNP is still the dominant force in Scotland, and it will be a massive challenge for my party to take the fight to them ahead of June 8. But this is a much more vulnerable party than it was in 2015. And it is now a rejuvenated Scottish Conservative party which is prepared to lead the charge.feedback

And with Jeremy Corbyn having already said he is 'absolutely fine' with an immediate referendum, we also know that Labour can't be relied to stand up to them. By contrast, the Scottish Conservatives have the strength right across Scotland to stand up for people who oppose the SNP's plans. The choice is simple: it's between a strong government led by Theresa May working to get the best Brexit deal, or a weak Labour government, led by Jeremy Corbyn, which cannot stand up to the SNP.feedback

The SNP's plans last week weren't about trying to hold a fair legal and decisive referendum, what it is really about is a very well-rehearsed game, which is to put forward an unworkable proposal. To wait for Westminster politicans to point that out. Most people in Scotland are sick to death of the games, most people in Scotland don't want another referendum any time soon, just three years after the last one, and most people in Scotland see the plain common sense in our own position. That Brexit is going to be and major challenged for this country and none of us know how it will play out.feedback

Most people in Scotland are sick to death of the SNP's games. They don't want another referendum any time soon, just three years after the last one. It was about a well-rehearsed game to put forward unworkable proposals, wait for Westminster politicians to point that out, then rush to any nearby microphone – angry face attached – to trot out the same old tired complaints. This bulldozer approach is completely at odds with the way the 2014 referendum was held.feedback

The SNP is not Scotland and they are acting against the majority wishes of the people of Scotland in putting forward their proposition on Monday. There are people right across Scotland, many, many thousands of them, that are so thankful for the prime minister to say let's take a pause on this. We have asked basic questions on things like currency, on things like a central bank, on things like whether we would even rejoin Europe as a full member, and Nicola Sturgeon seems unable to commit to that.feedback

The Scottish Conservatives reject the proposals set out by the First Minister on Monday. A referendum cannot happen when the people of Scotland have not been given the opportunity to see how our new relationship with the European Union is working. And it should not take place when there is no clear political or public consent for it to happen. Our country does not want to go back to the divisions and uncertainty of the last few years. Another referendum campaign will not solve the challenges this country will face.feedback

We reject conclusively the timetable for a referendum set out by the Scottish government. For a key reason – because it is unfair to Scottish voters. We have just come through a referendum campaign when a key complaint among many people was that they did not have the necessary information to help them make an informed decision. If we were to keep to the first minister's timetable, this is exactly what would happen in Scotland, too. On the most important political decision a country can make, we would be voting blind.feedback

Is it not true, though, that independent forecasts suggest independence would put Scotland £11bn in the red? So I issue a direct challenge. If next Wednesday, the Scottish parliament votes for a second referendum, will the Tories respect the will of this parliament?feedback

The SNP's plans to impose a referendum on independence in Scotland have unravelled within 24 hours. Nicola Sturgeon is demanding that people are forced to make another choice on their future in as little as 18 months. And yet faced with reasonable questions about what independence means, she and her ministers cannot answer.feedback

The SNP is trying to have it both ways. It is demanding a referendum because of our decision to leave the European Union. But, in order to keep leave voters on board, it won't say whether Scotland would seek to get back in.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon has just admitted what everybody already knew - that the SNP is hell bent on taking Scotland back to another divisive independence referendum and will use any excuse to do so. She knows that a referendum would inflict further damage on Scotland's economy. It is therefore deeply irresponsible for the First Minister of Scotland to cast this cloud of uncertainty over our future.feedback

I would be confident of victory. By the end of the last campaign Yes had already crossed over to be in the lead in the polls and we won by 10 points. At the moment they are polling way below what they were doing then. I think the arguments are weaker and I think the people of Scotland are just as switched on as they were three years ago so I think there's every chance that we would win by a wider margin. Folk aren't daft – they can see through that.feedback

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