SNP’s Ian Blackford shut down by PM in brutal Commons clash over ‘12.7bn from exchequer’

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The SNP’s Westminster leader went head to head with the UK’s Prime Minister regarding the UK’s economic recovery and demanded Mr Johnson extend the furlough scheme in order to protect 61,000 jobs in Scotland. However, the Prime Minister highlighted that the Chancellor of Exchequer has pumped £12.7 billion into the economy in order to combat the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Mr Blackford said: “What we are talking about is protecting the jobs of people today, it is not a definite and number has asked for that.

“The first steps to any recovery is admitting that there is a problem, even the governor of the Bank of England is telling the Prime Minister to stop and rethink.

“The solution for millions of people right now is an extension of the furlough scheme beyond October.

“The alternative is putting 61,000 jobs in Scotland at risk.”

“Yesterday the only reassurances the Prime Minister gave those Scottish workers was saying he would throw his arms around them.

“Prime Minister I can tell you that the last thing that those 61,000 Scots are looking for is a hug from you.”

Mr Johnson replied: “What I can tell him is that the furlough has already been extended until the end of October.

“We will continue to provide the best support we can possibly give to get people into work while suppressing the virus.

“I can imagine he does not want a hug from me but that was a metaphor.

“Perhaps it is physically incarnated by the £12.7 billion of that we are seeing come from the UK’s Exchequer to support people across the whole of our country.”

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