SNP Deputy First Minister John Swinney has been branded ‘grossly irresponsible’ after claiming a divisive second referendum is an ‘essential priority for the people of Scotland’.
Mr Swinney made the claim on BBC Politics Scotland, despite repeat polls showing that people do not think another contest is a priority while the country recovers from COVID-19.
Pamela Nash, chief executive of Scotland in Union, said:
“These are grossly irresponsible remarks and an insult to all those working to bring people together in the face of this pandemic.
“Polls show that people do not think another divisive referendum is a priority, with only 11 per cent Scots choosing it among the most important issues facing Scotland.
“No responsible politician would even contemplate a second referendum when the entire focus should be on rebuilding our economy and public services.
“The SNP is obsessed with how to tear communities apart, but we are stronger together as part of the UK and we can ensure a successful recovery by working together.”