The Daily Telegraph
SNP’S independence campaign labelled ‘Project Fear 2.0’
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.”