Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has accused Nicola Sturgeon of following in Donald Trump’s footsteps by wanting to to “build a wall” between Scotland and England.
It comes after comments made by Boris Johnson on Wednesday that “there is no border between Scotland and England” – which was mocked by the SNP – after the First Minister failed to rule out “border checks” on English visitors.
The Commons Leader said it may not be a “bricks and mortar” structure in the vein of Hadrian’s Wall or the US President’s border wall with Mexico, but Sturgeon wants a “metaphorical wall”.
During Business Questions on Thursday, Rees-Mogg criticised Sturgeon’s “shameful” remarks after SNP Commons business spokesman Tommy Sheppard said the Government is “led by someone who thinks the border does not exist”.
Rees-Mogg replied: “He mentions borders, and I noticed that Nicola Sturgeon wishes to have a wall – perhaps she is modelling herself on other leading political figures – between England and Scotland.
“But, as my right honourable friend the Prime Minister said, there is no border between England and Scotland and it was shameful to call for a border of that type of kind to be erected to stop people travelling freely between constituent parts of the United Kingdom.
“One never thought that Nicola Sturgeon would model herself on American political figures and want to build a wall – at least a metaphorical wall if not actually getting like Hadrian with the bricks and mortar.”