Responding to Rishi Sunak’s speech, the SNP’s Westminster Leader, Stephen Flynn MP, said:
“Rishi Sunak’s speech was an advert for why Scotland needs independence.
“He spoke at length about improving numeracy – yet offered no hope to those weighed down by the harsh figures that are preventing them from heating their homes, putting food on the table or paying their mortgages.
“On Westminster’s watch Scots are energy rich but fuel poor, our businesses are struggling to trade with Europe, our public sector has been hampered by the end of free movement of people and another generation of young people are facing a future of high costs and low pay.
“This speech was an opportunity for Rishi Sunak to fix the Broken Britain that Westminster has created – to mend a broken relationship with the EU, to pay public sector workers what they are worth and to protect those who need help the most. He did none of those things.
“Instead, the Prime Minister made five flimsy promises, whilst people in Scotland are paying the price of five Tory Prime Ministers over the last thirteen years. Cameron, May, Johnson, Truss and now Sunak have all made plenty of promises – what they have actually delivered is austerity, Brexit and a denial of Scottish democracy.
“Independence is the only way to keep Scotland safe from the constant crisis and long-term damage being imposed by Westminster.”