Nicola Sturgeon faces Independence crisis as Boris Johnson urged to ban Scottish banknotes

Scottish banknotes' time has 'been and gone’ says Blackett

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Nicola Sturgeon, who dreams of an independent Scotland, has been warned by an expert that Scottish banknotes are old-fashioned and will cease to exist. Scottish banks which still issue these notes include the Bank of Scotland, Royal Bank of Scotland, and Clydesdale Bank. Speaking on RT’s the Mother of All Talk Shows, politician Jamie Blackett said: “I have a sentimental attachment to Scottish banknotes.

“I like the quirky design and the Scottishness but I think they’re an anachronism and their time has been on and gone.

“I believe in transparency and people around the world must be confused about the idea of Scottish banknotes being different to English ones.

“The fact that the notes issued by Scottish banks no longer do what they say on the tin because those banks no longer exist.

“They don’t exist as independent banks, they’re brands owned by bigger banks.”

It comes as Boris Johnson’s main adviser on battling Scottish independence has departed less than a fortnight after being made the head of Downing Street’s Union unit.

Oliver Lewis, a veteran of the Vote Leave Brexit campaign, is reported to have said his position was made “untenable” by others within No 10.

Mr Lewis replaced former Scottish MP Luke Graham as head of the unit earlier in February, just months before the Holyrood elections where calls for a second independence referendum will be the dominant issue.

Following Mr Lewis’s departure, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: “Disunity in the Union unit. Or maybe just despair at realising how threadbare the case for it is.”

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The SNP’s Westminster deputy leader Kirsten Oswald claimed Mr Johnson’s “taxpayer-funded anti-independence campaign is completely falling apart”.

“As support for independence grows, the Tories are losing advisers like rats on a sinking ship. People in Scotland have a right to determine their own future in a post-pandemic referendum. Boris Johnson knows he cannot deny democracy any more than Donald Trump.

“The issue at the election in May will be this: who has the right to decide what sort of country we should be after the pandemic – the people of Scotland or Boris Johnson? The only way to ensure Scotland’s future is in Scotland’s hands not Boris Johnson’s is with both votes SNP,” Ms Oswald added.

Downing Street declined to comment on staffing matters.


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Ms Sturgeon has also faced accusations of misleading the public on coronavirus vaccinations, as the Tories insisted a key target had been missed.

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross said the First Minister had been “caught spinning the stats and misleading the public” after she said the target of vaccinating all over-70s and all those classed as clinically extremely vulnerable had been achieved.

On Monday Ms Sturgeon said she was “satisfied that we have met that target”, adding that “everyone in these groups has been offered the vaccine”.

But the latest figures showed that 143,752 80% of people on the shielding list have had their first jab.

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