PUBLISHED: 11:35 July 26, 2020 | UPDATED: 13:33 July 26, 2020
Foreign secretary Dominic Raab said Boris Johnson was in a good position to keep Britain together because of its “optimism”.
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The statement was made amid increasing support for Scottish independence, with the majority of Scots thinking Johnson did a bad job and fellow guest Tony Blair said the prime minister would not be the one to save the union.
Speak on Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on SundayRaab said: “If you look at the approach we are taking, we want to make a clear impact on Britain as a government, as a country, in all parts of Britain, and that includes in Scotland.
“I always want to make sure we are one United Kingdom and we get this debate, we continue to go back there, but I think if you look at the economic benefits, cultural togetherness, our strength on the international stage, we are much better as a United Kingdom. ”
He added: “I think what we need to do much stronger is to make a positive case for that. I think if you look at the recent elections and referendums there is a bit of ‘project fear’ that crawls all over.
“I think we need to be more empowered and wholehearted in making the case for unity, and I think Boris Johnson is very well placed because of the optimistic hiss he has about him to make the case for unity in such a way”
Raab also spoke of the decision made by the government to exclude Spain from its travel corridor list, forcing people who arrived in Britain from today onwards to exile for two weeks.
He said the reason was motivated by a big jump in the case of the corona virus throughout Spain.
“We must be able to take decisive action quickly, otherwise we risk re-infection to the UK, potentially a second wave here and then another lockdown. If we give unclear advice, it will create more uncertainty, “Raab said, adding that he” takes into account “the problems experienced by airlines and passengers as a result of this decision.
Raab also said that the fact that transportation secretary Grant Shapps would be among tourists who had to exile themselves after returning from Spain showed that “the rules are for everyone”.
He praised the “targeted steps” the government had taken. Sophy Ridge responded by saying it was a good idea to do this earlier this year.
The Minister said: “We have made great progress with the number of cases, the number of deaths, the number of people in the hospital.
“Let’s remember that the virus that originally came to England was partly due to travel from Europe.”
He talked about quarantine for 14 days, but when challenged about how the government enforced it, he said people “had followed the advice”, “supported by very clear laws and sanctions”.
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