Nicola Sturgeon: Vote Brexit, get the most right-wing government in modern times

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16th June 2016

Nicola Sturgeon has issued her starkest warning yet over the EU referendum, telling Scots voting Brexit would leave them at the mercy of “the most right-wing UK Tory government in modern times”.

Nicola Sturgeon has issued her starkest warning yet over the EU referendum
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Scotland's First Minister argued if Britain voted to leave, David Cameron and George Osborne would be driven out and replaced with right-wing Brexiteers.

Ms Sturgeon said it would result in workers’ rights being diminished and a new wave of austerity hitting Scottish families.

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Her intervention comes after opinion polls show Leave on course to win next week, and show a change from her speeches earlier in the campaign, in which she attacked the negative Remain camp and said a Brexit vote could trigger a second Scottish referendum.

The First Minister said: “The time has come to brand the ‘Brexit’ campaign for what it is – a bid for a right-wing Tory takeover of the reins of power in the UK.

“The people leading the case for a vote to leave the EU are on the right of the Conservative Party and will take an ‘out’ vote as their signal to make their power grab complete.

“Make no mistake – a ‘Leave’ win would be a victory for politicians who actually believe George Osborne and David Cameron are moderates, and it would leave Scotland at their mercy.”

She added: “Outside the EU but within the UK, with most economic power still concentrated at Westminster, Scotland would be left vulnerable to the most right-wing Tory Government in modern history.”

Ms Sturgeon also warned against the Tories’ “ideologically-driven austerity obsession” and urged Scots to send a strong message by voting Remain.

But the director of Scottish Vote Leave, former Labour MP Tom Harris said: “So much for Nicola's positive message. The First Minister is now engaged in a desperate bid to scare Scottish voters to distract from the failing message of the Remain campaign.

“The SNP now seem set on doing David Cameron's dirty work in Scotland, engaged in what can only be described as a Scottish version of Project Fear.”