UK Conservative MP explains why he’s calling for Truss to step down
Conservative MP David Mundell has told BBC Radio 4’s PM programme that his colleague Truss should step down because of a “culture of political corruption within the party’s leadership”.
The MP for North Antrim in Northern Ireland, who is chairman of the Brexit committee, was asked if he thought Truss was doing a good job as an MP. His answer was revealing as it showed why he believes the MP has been attacked by those campaigning for a referendum on Scottish independence and for devolution.
“I find it very hard to say that Truss is doing a good job. The reason I find it difficult is this: I’m not saying this for political reasons. I’m saying this because I think he is being attacked by his own party leader and the very people who were leading on this issue of Scottish independence and devolution.
“I believe the best thing that could happen is for him to step down from a post he clearly is not happy with, and one he knows he isn’t going to get, because of the culture of political corruption within his party’s leadership.
“The reason why I think he is so anxious about this is because he knows that all the time and energy that he could devote to being an independent voice on these things is going to be given to the UK Independence Party, and the very people who are leading on this issue will be coming after him.”
It is clear from the Prime Minister’s comments this morning that he believes Scottish independence is the best way to help maintain the UK’s integrity. And the Tory MP appears to be right that the UK government would be weakened by an independent Scotland.
Mundell’s comment this morning also highlights a possible source of trouble that could arise in Westminster if Scotland votes with the rest of the UK to leave the union, or if Scotland becomes a free-standing nation.
The Tory MP said: “It is very clear from the Prime Minister’s comments this morning that he believes Scottish independence is the best way to help maintain the UK’s integrity. And the Tory MP appears to be right that the UK government would be weakened by an independent Scotland.
“If independence happens, there is going to be some difficulties there because that is the route that almost all [the UK government] will follow. Scotland will then have to vote for the UK government whether they like it or not.