NFU Scotland comment on General Election announcement

Nicola Sturgeon during First Minister's Questions

Press Association Nicola Sturgeon during First Minister’s Questions

After the news broke around 11am, the First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon immediately accused the Prime Minister of trying to impose a hard Brexit and urged voters north of the border to "stand up for Scotland".

The Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale, whose party is defending just one Westminster seat in Scotland, in Edinburgh South, said her party relished the opportunity presented by the general election and would campaign tirelessly for Corbyn to be prime minister.

LONDON, April 18 An early general election will help determine the future direction of Scotland, first minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Tuesday, as she seized on Theresa May's announcement to build her case for a second independence referendum.

"This will be - more than ever before - an election about standing up for Scotland, in the face of a right-wing, austerity obsessed Tory government with no mandate in Scotland but which now thinks it can do whatever it wants and get away with it", she said.

Mr. Campbell believes this is the party to watch out for and that they could indeed get a boost from May's decision to hold an election in June.

The pair have recently clashed over the SNP leader's demand for a second Scottish independence referendum. While Margaret Thatcher's election did herald the end of the post-war consensus, it kept the Conservative/Labour "mould" intact, despite later attempts by the SDP/Liberal alliance to break it. Straight choice in Scotland between @theSNP and Tories.

Well, well. If @theresa_may wants a fight she can have one. Ms Davidson has said that she supports the exemptions... She is arguing that she needs as strong a mandate as possible in European Union negotiations and that only a vote for the Conservatives can protect United Kingdom interests.

"I can't possibly see what Theresa May would gain for doing this, she effectively has a landslide sized majority in the House of Commons, seems to me she has more risk of losing her majority then making it bigger".

"Holding a General Election after firing the starting gun on the Brexit negotiations is a cynical tactic created to legitimise the hard Brexit approach already decided by her Government".

"We will avoid a disastrous hard Brexit and keep Britain united".

"As in previous elections and referendum campaigns, we will do all we can to ensure our members are provided with the information they need in order to make an informed decision on Thursday 8 June and that includes our intention to hold a national hustings event in the run up to the vote".

"But it's also true that the Scottish electorate have been very good at distinguishing between Westminster elections and devolved elections and have often voted distinctly".

Ms Davidson welcomed the PM's announcement, saying her party is "ready for a campaign, we are organised, and we are optimistic about the prospect of increasing our number of seats".

"The country now has a choice between whether to vote for a Conservative party which is determined to pursue a hard, disastrous Brexit and is wedded to continuing with miserable austerity and destroying the rights and living standards of working people, or a Labour party which is presenting real, positive change based on a fairer economy and determined to ensure that on leaving the European Union, jobs and communities can thrive".

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