Boris Johnson mocked Ian Blackford about his recent “conversion” to the unionist campaign after the SNP’s Westminster leader suggested the Prime Minister was threatening the union. Mr Johnson insisted his Government is committed to the sanctity of the UK as he rejected claims that his proposed Internal Market Bill constitutes a “power-grab” on Scotland. Mr Johnson said: “I’m not quite clear from that question whether he’s in favour of the union or not.
“I take it from his hostility to me that he wants to support the union, so do I.
“And the best thing he can do is to support the UK Internal Market Bill which buttresses a surge of powers transferred to the devolved administrations in more than 70 areas.
“I should just remind him that in the recent coronavirus crisis, £4.5 billion have been transferred in Scotland to spend.
“And I’m proud to say that 70n percent that testing that has taken place in Scotland has been supported by the UK Government.:
Mr Johnson added: “I hope for that reason, if he is a convert to the union – which I take from his question – then that’s just one of the reasons why he should back it.”
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