THERE should be no second independence referendum for at least 35 years Ruth Davidson said last night in a hardening of the Tory position.
The Scottish Tory leader claimed that when then SNP leader Alex Salmond stated that the 2014 independence referendum was a "once in a generation" vote what he meant was there would not be a second referendum for 35 years, the period between 1979 – the date of the first referendum on the setting up of a Scottish assembly – and 2014, the independence poll.
Davidson said: “What was Alex Salmond's definition? He said that between 1979 and 2014 was once in a generation.
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"That works for me," Davidson added as she stated that a second independence referendum should not be held until 2049 at the earliest.
On Sturgeon and Salmond she said: "I don't know about popularity, but I think that she's at least as divisive."
However, Deidre Brock, the SNP's candidate for Edinburgh North and Leith, hitting back, said: "Ruth Davidson is absolutely right that this is something that should be decided by the people of Scotland – which is exactly what we're proposing.
"But Ruth Davidson also said that Brexit would be a disaster for Scottish jobs and our economy – now she's saying that we shouldn't have the chance to avoid that.
"It's only fair that Scotland gets a choice on its future once the terms of Brexit are clear. That should be a decision for Scotland, not Westminster Tories."