Nicola Sturgeon insisted Boris Johnson should grant Scotland new powers over the nation’s finance to allow a more suitable response to the economic threat of the coronavirus pandemic. The First Minister on Monday unveiled a series of proposals aimed at the financial recovery of the whole UK which include a Germany-inspired £80 billion stimulus package to boost the economy and cut inequalities. Speaking at her daily press conference, Ms Sturgeon said: “Along with those UK-wide proposals, we propose Scotland should gain greater financial powers, for example over borrowing so we can shape our own response to the economic implications of the pandemic.
“The economic crisis caused by COVID is undoubtedly the most serious of our lifetime.
The Scottish Government proposal is therefore ambitious but also practical and sustainable.
We believe it would benefit not just Scotland but the whole of the UK.
“Central to them is the strong belief that austerity mistakes of and post the financial crash period must not be repeated.”
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