Boris Johnson shames SNP for demanding an independence referendum during COVID-19 pandemic
Boris Johnson slams SNP on independence wish during pandemic
Boris Johnson told SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford that he hoped that his party will abandon its narrow nationalist position. The Prime Minister added that it would be “wonderful” if Nicola Sturgeon’s party stopped calling for another referendum while the UK is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr Blackford said: “Will the Prime Minister stop his half measures and join the governments in Scotland and Wales in stricter enforcement on international travel?
“That Prime Minister would be leadership.”
Mr Johnson replied: “I look forward to what the devolved administrations do.
“I can tell the House of Commons we are putting in some of the toughest measures in the world.”
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The Prime Minister added: “The British Army, I am proud to say, have been helping across Scotland to distribute the vaccines that are so essential to our fight back against the virus.
“So I hope that he will abandon his nationalist position, his narrow nationalist position and look at the achievements of the UK overall.
“It would be a wonderful thing if the SNP for a moment stopped talking about their desire for a referendum while we are trying to deal with a pandemic.”
Mr Johnson also told the House of Commons that he is delighted the SNP Government is receiving help from the British Army with their vaccine roll-out in Scotland.
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He said: “On the subject of dithering and delaying, I am delighted the British Army is helping the Scottish Government roll out the vaccine fast.
“I think it is extremely important and one of the benefits of the union of the UK.”
He continued: “On his point about the support for people and families across the country, I don’t think anybody could seriously deny this Government has given absolutely unprecedented, and unequal by global standards, support during the pandemic.
“We will continue to put our arms around the whole of the UK through this crisis.”
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On Tuesday evening, Mr Johnson told the European Union that the UK expects coronavirus vaccine contact to be honoured.
The Prime Minister was quizzed on the EU’s threat to the UK regarding the delivery of the Pfizer vaccine to Britain following AstraZeneca informing the trading bloc that there would be a decrease in the number of vaccines available to them.
He told the coronavirus press briefing: “All I will say is that we expect and hope that our EU friends will honour all contracts.”
“We will continue to work with friends and partners in the EU and indeed around the world.”
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