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Nicola Sturgeon gave a statement to Scottish Parliament this afternoon regarding the SNP’s programme for Government. However, former Scottish Conservative Party leader, Ruth Davidson labelled the omission of small business in the statement as “disappointing”.
Ms Davidson said: “The First Minister will know that 99.3 percent of all of Scotland’s businesses are small and medium enterprises.
“She will know that they support more than a million jobs and comprise more than half of private sector employment.
“So, it is disappointing that while her statement today ran over 6,000 words, she missed out two, ‘small business’.
“They are vital to what happens next because when global shocks happen, it is the effort of individuals who pull countries out of the mire.”
Earlier in her statement at Holyrood Nicola Sturgeon outlined her intention to submit a draft bill setting out the terms and timing of a second Scottish independence referendum.
Nicola Sturgeon told Scottish Parliament in a statement that the UK Government’s decision to not seek an extension to the post-Brexit transition period strengthens the case for Scottish independence.
Scotland’s First Minister said: “COVID has presented us with significant challenges but these challenges are being compounded completely unnecessarily by Brexit.
“The UK Government’s decision to not seek an extension to the transition period despite the economic problems caused by COVID will cause avoidable harm to many Scottish businesses.
“It is an act of self-sabotage that we simply do not understand but must nevertheless respond to.”
She added: “Brexit and the way in which Brexit is being implemented immeasurably strengthens the case for Scotland becoming an independent country with the ability to shape our own destiny.
“If this was a programme for Government in an independent Scotland, we wouldn’t have to contemplate the damage of Brexit at all.
“That is why before the end of this parliament we will publish a draft bill setting out the proposed terms and timing of an independence referendum as well as the proposed question that people will be asked in that referendum.
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“Then at next year’s election we will make the case for Scotland to become an independent country, we will seek a clear endorsement for Scotland’s right to choose its own future.”
Former Scottish Conservative Party leader and Ruth Davidson’s successor Jackson Carlaw tweeted in response: “Nicola Sturgeon’s Government is out of ideas and out of time.
“They have nothing to offer the people of Scotland apart from division, looking to the past instead of the future.
“Same old SNP – division over delivery.”
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