Boris Johnson has accused the SNP of “lamentable failures” in government, after being pressed over claims he thinks devolution is a disaster.
The Prime Minister made the remark as he faced questioning by MPs at the Commons Liaison Committee on Wednesday.
Earlier this week, it was suggested by Johnson’s former senior adviser Dominic Cummings in comments to the National newspaper that he would like to ‘reverse’ devolution, but would not “dare” to try and do so.
At Westminster, SNP MP Pete Wishart asked the Prime Minister whether he believes that devolution is a disaster.
Johnson said: “I certainly think that there are disastrous aspects of the Scottish Government’s… Scottish National Party’s performance in delivering education, in fighting crime, in tackling the scourge of drugs.
“I think there have been lamentable failures, yes I do.
“Now, the difficult thing for me, as Prime Minister of the UK is how to… and it’s a difficult thing because I love the whole UK and I want it all to succeed.
“It’s very hard to mount the ramparts and say that something is going wrong in Scotland, I don’t want to do that, I want Scotland to be brilliantly governed, and it should be.
“But, I just think that the SNP is not delivering what it could for the people of Scotland.”