The SNP has called fresh claims from Dominic Cummings that Boris Johnson would shut down Holyrood ‘utterly devastating’.
Boris Johnson’s right-hand man Dominic Cummings told the National newspaper that the PM ‘thinks devolution was a disaster’ and ‘would like to reverse it if he could’, casting fresh doubt on the future of the Scottish Parliament under the Tories.
Commenting, SNP MSP Rona Mackay said:
“If these claims are true it is an utterly devastating revelation for the unionist cause in Scotland.
“It lays bare the undeniable threat Boris Johnson and his Tories pose towards the very future of our democratically elected Scottish Parliament – his former right-hand man makes clear they would scrap Holyrood if they thought they could get away with it.
“The Tory threat to Scotland’s powers is already fully underway as Boris Johnson has been undermining the Scottish Parliament by stealth by grabbing powers through the Internal Market Bill and the Shared Prosperity Fund.
“The Tories are currently challenging the powers of Holyrood to protect the rights of children in the Supreme Court.
“The Tories always hated devolution and fought tooth and nail to stop the Scottish parliament being established in the first place.
“There is sustained support for our Scottish Parliament and these revelations prove beyond all doubt that we cannot trust the Tories to protect the future of it.
“The only way to do so – and to protect Scotland from the Tories is by becoming an independent country and unlocking our full potential.”