Thu 13 Jan, 2022

Responding to reports that the Prime Minister will convene a council of the devolved nations, Scottish Greens MSP Ross Greer said:

“Boris Johnson has achieved the remarkable feat of uniting the entire Holyrood parliament in the belief that he is utterly unfit for the job. Even his own MSPs have finally had enough.

“The Scottish Tories are revolting, and it now looks like they themselves are tired of being led by an unaccountable Westminster elite who don’t give two hoots about Scotland.

“The Prime Minister’s proposed solution to this mess is to reinvent a ‘council of devolved nations’ which already exists. It’s called the Joint Ministerial Council and the reason you could be forgiven for forgetting it’s there is because Boris Johnson and his predecessors regularly refuse to let it meet. The JMC was in effect useless because of the contempt in which the UK Government holds Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The past 24 hours prove that hasn’t changed.

“Those of us who have long believed that Scotland must take our place as an independent European country have known for some time that the UK offers us nothing but cruel and incompetent leadership. It’s now clear that many others are coming to the same conclusion.

“The people of Scotland must have a choice over our future, whether to gain our independence, or to languish in Boris Johnson’s corrupt Brexit Britain. I am confident that when given that choice a clear majority will decide to put Scotland’s future in Scotland’s hands.”

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