The SNP has said it will oppose the Prime Minister’s deal with the EU when it is crashed through Parliament tomorrow, arguing it will be a ‘disaster for Scotland’.
But that decision has sparked Tory fury north of the border, with Douglas Ross, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, pointing out that Ms Sturgeon has long warned of the dangers of leaving the EU without a trade agreement in place.
Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP are under fire over the party’s decision to vote against Boris Johnson’s Brexit trade deal
Douglas Ross, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, claimed Ms Sturgeon wanted a no deal split from the EU to boost her case for independence
Mr Ross, the Tory MP for Moray, tweeted: ‘No amount of spin from the Nats can hide that after months of warning against a No Deal outcome, that is exactly what the SNP will vote for on Wednesday.’
He added: ‘It’s never about what’s best for Scotland. It’s always about separating Scotland.’
Earlier this month Ms Sturgeon told CNN she believed the chances of Mr Johnson striking a deal with Brussels were ‘almost vanishingly small’.
However, she said she remained ‘hopeful’ of a deal being done ‘because no deal would be catastrophic’.
The SNP announced on Sunday that its MPs will vote against Mr Johnson’s trade agreement.
It has argued that independence is now the only way to ‘protect Scotland’s interests and place in Europe’.
Ian Blackford, the SNP’s Westminster leader, said in a statement: ‘Boris Johnson’s extreme Tory Brexit is an unforgivable act of economic vandalism and gross stupidity, which will cause lasting damage to the economy and leave the UK much worse off at the worst possible time – during a pandemic and economic recession.
‘Scotland has been completely ignored by Westminster throughout the Brexit process and we are being forced to pay a devastating price.
‘It is clear that the only way to protect Scotland’s interests, and regain the full benefits of EU membership, is to become an independent country.’
The PM’s trade deal is expected to sail through the House of Commons thanks to Mr Johnson’s 80-seat Tory majority and the fact Sir Keir Starmer has told Labour MPs they have to vote for it.
Ms Sturgeon has said she wants to hold a re-run of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum after next year’s Holyrood elections.
But Mr Johnson is refusing to grant permission for another border poll to take place.
The Prime Minister has said he believes the 2014 vote settled the matter for a generation.