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'MASK SLIPS' AS SENIOR TORY CALLS FOR DEVOLUTION TO BE SCRAPPED

INDEPENDENCE IS THE ONLY WAY TO KEEP SCOTLAND SAFE

The SNP has said "independence is the only way to keep Scotland safe from Westminster control" - as a senior Tory calls for devolution to be 'reversed'.

Writing in the Telegraph, Lord David Frost said "Not only must no more powers be devolved to Scotland, it’s time to reverse the process... Ministers should make clear that, if re-elected, they will review and roll back some currently devolved powers. In particular, Scotland does not need to be an independent actor on the world stage; it should not be able to legislate to disrupt free trade within the UK; and it does not need to have most tax-raising powers currently available to it."

The Tory chief Brexit negotiator and former Cabinet Office Minister praised Tory Scottish Secretary Alister Jack for using a Section 35 order to clamp down on devolved powers - and said the Tory government must be more 'assertive' in its attacks on devolution, arguing the UK internal market act "has not been used assertively as it should".

Commenting, SNP Westminster Leader Stephen Flynn MP said:

"The Tory mask has slipped. It's clear Westminster's repeated attacks on Scotland are a deliberate, co-ordinated attempt to reverse devolution, roll-back the powers of the Scottish Parliament and force Scotland under Westminster control.

"With the pro-Brexit Labour Party working with the Tories to block devolution and deny Scotland's democratic right to choose our own future - independence is the only way to keep Scotland safe.

"Whether it's blue Tories or red Tories, none of the Westminster parties can be trusted. At the next election, it's essential that Scotland elects a strong team of SNP MPs to stand up for Scotland and get rid of the Tories for good."

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