Humza Yousaf mocked as tragic demands like childs letter to Santa

Humza Yousaf: Murdo Fraser shares sympathies for SNP leader

Humza Yousaf has been mocked over his “tragic” demands to Rishi Sunak which have been compared to a “child’s letter to Santa”. The new Scottish First Minister had his first in-person meeting with the Prime Minister at Downing Street last night.

Following the meeting, a spokesman for the SNP leader gave a summary of the points they discussed including a fresh call by Mr Yousaf for the power to hold a second independence referendum.

But Scottish Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser said: “This is really quite tragic. It’s like a child’s letter to Santa.”

And Scottish Tory shadow constitution secretary Donald Cameron said it was “grimly predictable” that Mr Yousaf would be “fixated on independence” in his first meeting with the PM.

Mr Cameron told the Express: “Dragging Scotland out of the Union is the only issue that the feuding SNP actually agree on, but this independence obsession is completely at odds with the real priorities of ordinary Scots.

“When meeting with Rishi Sunak, Humza Yousaf should have concentrated on tackling the cost-of-living crisis, strengthening Scotland’s economy and repairing the crumbling NHS, instead of agitating for another divisive referendum.

“Only the Scottish Conservatives are focused on Scotland’s real priorities and standing up to this blinkered, out-of-touch SNP government.”

A spokesman for Mr Yousaf said he made clear he expects Mr Sunak to “respect the democratic wishes of Scotland’s Parliament” by granting a Section 30 order, which would grant the Scottish Parliament the power to hold a second independence referendum.

The spokesman said yesterday: “The First Minister and the Prime Minister met this evening.

“The FM raised the cost-of-living crisis and rising energy bills being suffered by households across Scotland.

“He was pleased that the Prime Minister committed to fairness in how the Scotch whisky industry is treated by the UK Government. He now needs to deliver on that.

“The First Minister raised concerns around UK Government attacks on devolution, including the Foreign Secretary’s clumsy intervention on Scottish Government activity abroad and comments on devolution from Lord Frost.

“He also once again pressed for an exemption from the Internal Market Act for the Deposit Return Scheme to be granted within weeks.

“The FM also made clear that he expects the PM to respect the democratic wishes of Scotland’s Parliament by granting a Section 30 order.”

But Downing Street today played down the Scottish Government’s claim that Mr Yousaf used his meeting with the Prime Minister to call for the transfer of powers to hold a second independence referendum.

Asked what Mr Sunak’s response to such a demand was, the Prime Minister’s official spokesperson said: “Without getting into the detail of their conversation I think we have been consistently clear that the priority for the people of Scotland and indeed for the entire UK is halving inflation, tackling the NHS waiting times, ensuring energy security and growing our economy across the whole of the UK.

“And it is our strong desire for the Scottish Government to work with us on delivering those priorities and we hope there will be no distractions from them.”

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