Boris Johnson visited vaccination centres in Scotland today in a bid to defend the Union after opinion polls show strong support for Scottish independence.
The prime minister stressed the importance of the United Kingdom, especially in relation to the coronavirus pandemic and argued the British government had supported Scotland through the furlough scheme and its vaccination programme. Nearly 500,000 Scots have been vaccinated so far, with the help of the British army distributing the inoculations. Over 90,000 Scottish businesses have been able to claim billions of pounds in furlough during the pandemic, with one in three people in Scotland benefiting from the scheme.
The SNP claimed Boris Johnson’s trip was non-essential and a bad example to set during a pandemic. Recent polls show rising support for Scottish independence, with one showing 49% support, compared to 44% opposing. The Scottish nationalists are also set to win strong support in the Holyrood elections later this year.
In 2014 Scotland voted by a margin of 10% against independence and for the Union with the United Kingdom, however, the SNP have since demanded to re-run the referendum.
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