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‘No time for sentiment!’ SNP’s independence plot can be dismantled by Great Britain brand

UK 'must focus on the union for the future' says Carlaw

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Jackson Carlaw told that unionists must put forward the case for the United Kingdom to stay together by outlining ambitious plans for Britain for the next 50 years. The former Scottish Tory leader highlighted the UK’s coronavirus vaccine success as a key example of what Britain can achieve together.

Mr Carlaw said: “As we go forward the case for the union has to be about what it will do in the next 50 years not what has it done in the last 50 years.

“I think unionists at times have been too inclined to be sentimental about what the union achieved historically and not about what it is doing now.

“The fact that it is the UK and all parts of it that have been developing the vaccines which are now being used across the world.

“It is the UK together that beyond those vaccines has got fantastic pharmaceutical research and development which is shared between the different parts of the country.

“As an island where we can develop offshore technology to tackle climate change, there are masses we can achieve together.

“We are still one of the world’s largest contributors to international aid.”

He continued: “We have to identify for younger people what brand Great Britain is capable of achieving and doing going forward.

“And appeal to them with those practical examples of how we can prosper together.

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“All of that has to be at the root of securing support for the United Kingdom in the next generation.”

During the same interview, Nicola Sturgeon was warned that independence will leave Scotland stranded with an ageing population.

Mr Carlaw stated that Scotland has a demographic of an increasingly older population that will require a strong domestic economy and that independence will lead to young people seeking career opportunities away from Scotland.

He said: “Knowing Scotland’s demographic which is of an increasingly older population, that is going to utterly require us to have a dynamic entrepreneurial economy in Scotland.


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“Where young people are not just going to be able to see career opportunities but career development.

“They are going to have to hope they are going to be able to have to buy their own home realistically.

“If they do not feel they can do that, then their skills will be portable and they will pick them up and go somewhere else.

“Then we would get an even more elderly population ahead of us after that.”

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