MP angry at SNP arrogance
Eleanor Laing welcomes the Prime Minister’s decision to allow a referendum in Scotland as soon as possible to remove uncertainty and strengthen the United Kingdom as the UK needs clarity and certainty on this issue now.
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest) (Con): Given the astounding arrogance of the SNP in refusing to acknowledge that the Scottish Government simply do not have the legal power to hold a referendum, is the Secretary of State aware that most people, in all parts of this United Kingdom, welcome the fact that he and the Prime Minister have taken the initiative to allow a referendum and let the voice of the Scottish people be heard—not at some historically sentimental point in the future but as soon as the consultation is concluded—because Scotland and the UK need clarity and certainty now?
Michael Moore: My hon. Friend expresses her disappointment in her usual characteristic style. I, too, hope that the Scottish National party and the Scottish Government will engage constructively and recognise the fact that it is in the interests of people across Scotland that the two Governments work together, get rid of this legal problem and get on with having the referendum on Scotland’s place in the United Kingdom.