Leonard: Tory party is 'real and present danger' to the union
Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard has said Boris Johnson represents a "dangerous form" of English nationalism which is a threat to Scotland's place in the UK.
Johnson secured more than 60 per cent of votes over his rival, current Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
The former mayor of London will officially become Prime Minister tomorrow after Theresa May tenders her resignation to the Queen.
Commenting after the results were announced, Richard Leonard said:
“Boris Johnson represents a dangerous form of English nationalism, and the one certainty of his election as leader of the Tory party is more uncertainty for the future of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
“Johnson some time ago abandoned the unionist tradition of the Conservative and Unionist party. The Tory Party he now leads is a real and present danger to Scotland’s place in the UK.
“A no-deal Brexit led by Boris Johnson spells disaster for our country, and it is unforgivable for the Scottish Tories to back him.
“Only Scottish Labour is standing up for Scotland’s place in the UK, for the UK’s place in Europe and against a harmful no deal Brexit.”
TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes branded it "absurd" that the next PM was chosen by some 160,000 Tory members.
"The election of this clown as Tory leader is sadly no laughing matter for the people of our country.
"Johnson is a dangerous fool promising a hard-right No Deal Brexit which will heap economic disaster on top of the disaster austerity has already caused to the people of this country for nearly a decade.
“It’s absurd that a handful of Tory voters will make him Prime Minister – that is an affront to our democracy and even Tory MPs know it. Johnson already has a queue of Ministers ready to resign out of concern for what he will do in office.
“The Conservatives have now sunk lower than ever before and that is saying something. They have opted to put a fantasist and liar at the helm and as our union knows so well from his stint as London Mayor, one who promises much but delivers nothing.
“We need a general election now; we need to stop the calamity of a No Deal Brexit and we need a Labour Government under Jeremy Corbyn to put this country back on its feet.”
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