The Daily Telegraph

SNP’S independen­ce campaign labelled ‘Project Fear 2.0’

- By Simon Johnson SCOTTISH POLITICAL EDITOR

NICOLA STURGEON was yesterday accused of starting a new “Project Fear” independen­ce campaign after urging voters to “resist” warnings that Brexit had made Scotland even more dependent on the UK.

The First Minister attacked the UK Government for exploiting the economic “damage” caused by leaving the EU to bolster the case for the Union, arguing: “By making us poorer, they’ll say we can’t afford to be independen­t.”

In her keynote speech to the SNP conference, she said the Tories would similarly argue that a sharp reduction in EU trade and migrants means “we are too dependent on the rest of the UK” to risk leaving.

The Scottish Conservati­ves accused her of inventing a “wild conspiracy theory” that the UK Government is trying to make Scotland poorer to try to stop independen­ce and that “only the most fanatical SNP supporters” would believe this was true.

Donald Cameron, the Scottish Tories’ shadow constituti­on secretary, said: “Nicola Sturgeon has invented her own nationalis­t Project Fear. To distract from the SNP’S domestic failings, she’s ramping up division.”

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