SCOTLAND leaving the United Kingdom would be “fatal” for the country according to the Scottish Conservative Party leader.
Jackson Carlaw told Express.co.uk that “if Scotland ever were to be independent it would require a hard border between Scotland and England”. Mr Carlaw stated that a border between the two nations would “fundamentally and fatally” undermine investment in Scotland.
The Scottish Conservative leader said: “Now that we are out of the European Union if Scotland were ever to be independent it would require a hard border between Scotland and England.
“If Scotland then went back into the European Union without any of the muscle or authority that it had from within the United Kingdom’s membership it would be a disaster for Scotland.
“Because that hard border would undoubtedly impact on our ability to trade freely throughout the United Kingdom, which would be hugely detrimental to Scotland’s economy.
“I think it would fundamentally and fatally undermine future investment here.
During the same interview, Mr Carlaw stated that Scotland is in danger of being “left behind” with Nicola Sturgeon as the First Minister.
The Scottish Conservative leader told Express.co.uk SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon‘s “hugely diverging tax base” will result in Scotland losing businesses and talented people to other parts of the United Kingdom.
Mr Carlaw argued the people of Scotland will “vote with their feet” and move to other parts of Britain were they are taxed less.
He said: “It is potential damage to Scotland.
“In this post-Brexit economy, we want entrepreneurs to come and set up in Scotland.
“If we continue to see a hugely diverging tax base in Scotland then people who set up businesses and talented people, not the super-rich, but people between £26,000 and £50,000 who are individually paying today £1,500 more each in tax.
“People are going to vote with their feet and set up those businesses and take the most talented people to other parts of the United Kingdom.
“Scotland is in danger of getting left behind with Nicola Sturgeon.”
Yesterday Nicola Sturgeon was seen following Government advice and coughing into her elbow.
Nicola Sturgeon has been working alongside the Government to implement measures that will reduce the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus across Scotland and the whole of the UK.
There are currently more than 3,000 cases of the coronavirus in Britain.
At the time of writing 144 people have died in the UK as a result of COVID-19.