Former Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson gives Boris Johnson a huge boost as former arch critic hails him as the man to get Brexit over the line
- Davidson also backs the PM to avoid another poll on independence for Scotland
- The Remainer once once accused Mr Johnson of ‘selling a lie’
- But now she has unequivocally thrown her weight behind his Brexit stance
Ruth Davidson has backed Boris Johnson to get Brexit done
The Prime Minister receives a boost today when one of his fiercest Tory critics hails him as the man to get Brexit done and avoid a second referendum.
Former Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson also backs the Prime Minister to avoid another poll on independence for Scotland.
She says: ‘Boris instinctively understands that you can’t move the country forward by re-running the referendums of the past.’
Ms Davidson, a Remainer, once accused Mr Johnson during a live TV debate of ‘selling a lie’ and has criticised his ‘brazen chauvinistic style’.
And in an article today, she admits: ‘The Prime Minister and I have had our issues in the past.’
But she unequivocally throws her weight behind Mr Johnson’s Brexit stance, saying: ‘He’s right to say – after more than three years of wrangling – that it’s time to Get Brexit Done.
‘The people of this country are quite frankly sick to the back teeth of politicians fighting between themselves while ignoring the instructions they were given.
Ms Davidson, a Remainer, once accused Mr Johnson during a live TV debate of ‘selling a lie’
‘Scotland voted to stay part of the UK and the UK voted to leave the EU.
‘He is right to tell Nicola Sturgeon ‘No’ – the majority of people in Scotland don’t want another referendum.’
Why Boris is right to say ‘no’ to the second referendum and to say it’s time to get Brexit done
By Ruth Davidson for the Mail on Sunday
With the starting pistol having been fired for the general election, the parties are test-driving their slogans to take to the electorate. ‘Get Brexit Done’ from the Conservatives is about as clear, concise and instructive as you can get.
The polar opposite ‘Stop Brexit’ is equally plain and obvious from the Lib Dems.
That ‘stopping’ used to mean via another EU referendum; but at their party conference last month, new leader Jo Swinson decided that she knew better than the 35 million people who cast their vote in 2016 and would unilaterally declare the result void.
She was a bit hazy on the details of how, but what’s a democratic outrage between friends?
Jo Swinson decided that she knew better than the 35 million people who cast their vote in 2016
The SNP haven’t unveiled a slogan as yet, but are focussing on a different referendum entirely – with Nicola Sturgeon repeatedly saying she wants another Scottish independence referendum next year and the SNP website declaring ‘it’s time to choose our own future’.
Note to Nicola: we did, and you lost. The Nationalists are also nominal supporters of a second EU referendum next year, although they did arrive late at that particular party and, as with everything else under heaven, have now cast that support aside in favour of separation.
The Labour Party are in a confused place all round. The party branding still says ‘For the Many not the Few’ which doesn’t really tell us anything about their position on the biggest issue of the day.
But I suppose ‘Let us renegotiate a Brexit deal and offer a confirmatory referendum on that deal versus a Remain option where our leaders might – or might not – advocate against the deal they’ve just negotiated’ is a bit long for a poster, lectern or backdrop.
In Scotland, there’s an addendum ‘We’re happy to let the SNP take a second crack at breaking up Britain in return for getting Jeremy Corbyn into number 10, but we’ve said it’s not an ‘early priority’ so maybe week two or three would do it.’
Nicola Sturgeon is repeatedly saying she wants another Scottish independence referendum next year
I’m a veteran of both big referendums, on the front line arguing my case for Scotland to stay in the UK and for the UK to stay in the EU. I won one of those arguments and lost one.
I’ve watched as the fallout from those votes created and increased division and hostility in politics and communities across the country.
And no wonder – the very fact of holding binary referendums means you push people into two camps. Why the surprise at tribalism being the result of forcing people into tribes?
For me, there is no argument that says the answer to the current constitutional wrangling is more of the same.
The people of this country are quite frankly sick to the back teeth of politicians fighting between themselves while ignoring the instructions they were given. Scotland voted to stay part of the UK and the UK voted to leave the EU.
While Jeremy Corbyn and Nicola Sturgeon might be cooking up grubby backroom deals – and we know they got together last week and regularly keep in touch – voters priorities haven’t changed.
Good schools, hospitals and public services. Supporting business to ensure the jobs and pay that improve workers’ quality of life. The ability for young people to get on the housing ladder. Making sure we look after the environment.
None of these issues are adequately addressed when parliaments in London and Edinburgh spend the majority of their time wrangling over the fallout of referendum votes.
The Prime Minister and I have had our issues in the past – some genuine, many more confected by excitable news coverage. But Boris Johnson instinctively understands that you can’t move the country forward by re-running the referendums of the past.
He is absolutely right to tell Nicola Sturgeon ‘no’ – especially when the majority of people in Scotland don’t want another referendum in the near future. And he’s absolutely right to say – after more than three years of wrangling – that it’s time to Get Brexit Done.
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