Tony Miklinski told Express.co.uk that the SNP’s bid for Scottish independence makes no sense economically for Scotland due to the amount of trade the nation does with England. The Scottish Conservative Councillor for Cupar added that the First Minister’s job is to look after the physical, mental and economical wellbeing of the people of Scotland.
Mr Miklinsk said: “The whole ability to move seamlessly across Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales, the issues were highlighted during the Brexit debate.
“If you are going to have a Scotland that will be part of the European Union, then you need a hard border that is certainly not friction-free.
“Scotland does 80 percent of its business with England so in order for Scottish companies to thrive in an environment where it is cut off from its main market by a hard border with a country that is inside the EU and not inside the EU just makes no sense.
“Nobody would do it, nobody would set out from where we are now and look to achieve that.”
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He continued: “If you are running the Government, you are supposed to be looking out for the wellbeing of your people.
“Their physical, mental and economic wellbeing, that means having good well-paid jobs and that is what is important.
“That should be the priority, not continually fighting the independence argument and opposing the Westminster Government and every opportunity.
“Just imagine how life could be if the Scottish Government were in full cooperation with the UK Government in working out how to make things better in Scotland as part of the UK rather than constantly looking to restart the independence debate.
“They don’t place it such that they worry that we are going to come out of this in some way shape or form.
“This is because they can rely on the UK Government and they do rely on the UK Government.
“So that puts them in a very comfortable position politically and, of course, Nicola Sturgeon sees everything through the lens of independence.
“That is always the underlining factor on how she is going to act.”