FMQs: Tories piling on cuts, hardship and cruelty

The Tories have nothing to offer the people of Scotland but cuts, hardship, and cruelty Scottish Greens MSP Gillian Mackay has said.

Speaking at First Minister’s Questions this afternoon Ms Mackay highlighted the ongoing impact of Brexit and called on the First Minister to reaffirm her commitment to an independence referendum during this parliament.

Gillian Mackay MSP said:

“The people of Scotland never voted for Brexit. Now We’re faced with soaring energy prices, forecourts running dry, there’s a labour shortage affecting sectors from care to haulage. We’re event threatened with shortages of Irn Bru if this crisis isn’t urgently addressed.

“The Conservative response to this is a pathetic offer of a three-month visa for Eu truck drivers.

“It’s clear that the Tories have nothing to offer Scotland but cuts, hardship, and cruelty. And with their latest plans for replacing EU subsidies, they are yet again taking powers away from this parliament and threatening our plans for a green recovery.

“Is the First Minister concerned about this latest power grab, and will she reaffirm her commitment, as outlined in our cooperation agreement, that the people of Scotland will be given a way out of Boris Johnson’s Brexit Britain with a referendum on Scotland’s future before the end of this parliament?”