‘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.Also on rt.com Boris Johnson will ‘of course’ fight to be next Tory PM
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.
we get rid of one joke of a prime minister and replace her with a even bigger one— allan scotland (@allanukscotland) May 17, 2019
Any reasonable person or party would not wish Boris Jonson to be PM. His ultra-rightwing politics will take us out of the EU in the most damaging way possible. This is the man who said, "every pound spent in Scotland is a wasted pound". Next week, vote @theSNP— Cllr Ken Gowans (@KenGowans) May 17, 2019
Nae difference from any of the other ones then. Look at Blair, Cameron, May— Indy Stig 🏴 (@BillOddiesBeard) May 17, 2019
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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