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17 May, 2019 11:29

‘Complete & utter charlatan’: SNP’s Sturgeon claims prospect of Bojo as PM will ‘horrify’ Scotland

‘Complete & utter charlatan’: SNP’s Sturgeon claims prospect of Bojo as PM will ‘horrify’ Scotland

The idea of Boris Johnson becoming the next UK prime minister will fill many people across Scotland with horror and boost the case for independence, according to SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon.

In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Friday, Sturgeon branded the former UK Foreign Secretary “a complete and utter charlatan” for “misleading” the public on Brexit and “only ever put his own interests first.”

It would lead to many more people thinking that the best future for Scotland is to be independent so that we can protect our interests.

Sturgeon was responding the day after Johnson revealed he would be throwing his hat into the ring for the inevitable Tory leadership election, which will be triggered once Theresa May resigns.

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Sturgeon’s views on Johnson have been largely echoed by fellow Scots on social media. One person tweeted: “we get rid of one joke of a prime minister and replace her with a even bigger one.” While a Scottish politician from Inverness claimed that any “reasonable person… would not wish” Boris Johnson to be the next PM.

However, there were those that appeared nonplussed by the prospect, as Johnson would be no worse than previous British prime ministers such as Tony Blair, David Cameron or Theresa May.

Johnson’s announcement comes as the powerful Tory group, the 1922 Committee, gives PM Theresa May a stay of execution to allow her to continue as leader, at least until MPs have voted on her Brexit deal for the fourth time, scheduled for the first week of June.

A number of high-profile Tories have announced their intention to run for party leader in recent weeks. They include Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss, former Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey and International Development Secretary Rory Stewart.

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