United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage has accused the Scottish National Party (SNP) of spreading “terror” among communities during an election campaign speech marking St. George’s Day celebrations.
Calling for a “fair deal” for the English, the populist right-wing leader slammed mainstream British parties for promising to continue the “Barnett formula,” which sees 20 percent more public spending in Scotland than in England.
“In the terror of Scottish nationalism, the three leaders of our main parties appease the Scottish nationalists by all promising to continue the Barnett formula. We’ve just about had enough. We want a fair deal for the English,” Farage was quoted saying in the Guardian.
“There is a terror. There is a sense of terror in the community about the SNP,” he continued before going on to bemoan a potential alliance emerging between Britain’s centre-left opposition Labour Party and the SNP ahead of the May 7 national elections.
Speaking on BBC’s Newsnight programme, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said she would form an alliance with Ed Miliband’s Labour Party even if they come runner-up against incumbent Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party.
"If [the Conservatives] can't command a majority, they can't be a government," Sturgeon said, reiterating previous comments in which she said the SNP would enter a coalition with Labour if it collects enough seats in the upcoming polls.
"Even if the Tories are the largest party, if there is an anti-Tory majority, my offer to Labour is to work together to keep the Tories out."
Although the SNP currently only holds six seats in Westminster, the latest surveys suggest they are on the verge of winning the vast majority of the 59 seats located in Scotland.
UKIP is pushing for more seats in the Westminster parliament after the eurosceptic party won the most seats in last year’s European Parliamentary elections.
In an apparent bid to win back right-wing voters from UKIP, the Conservative Party announced it would introduce new legislation if re-elected into power to block Scottish MPs from setting the tax rate in England.
Under new laws, set to come into effect in March 2016, English MPs will be able to veto issues relating only to their own constituents and the rate of income tax paid in England will be set by the English.
“English MPs will be unable to vote on the income tax paid by people in Aberdeen and Edinburgh while Scottish MPs are able to vote on the tax you pay in Birmingham or Canterbury or Leeds,” Prime Minister Cameron is expected to announce. “It is simply unfair and with English votes for English laws we will put it right.”
Last September, the SNP organised a referendum for the independence of Scotland from the UK. Two million Scots voted “No,” a mere 400,000 votes ahead of the “Yes” camp.
Following the poll, former SNP leader Alex Salmond resigned, paving the way for Sturgeon to take over as Scotland's fifth first minister since the Scottish parliament was established in 1999.
However, a recent survey by Sky News predicts that the younger generation may vote for the independence of Scotland in the future, noting Sturgeon’s election campaign has led to the belief among 55 percent of Scots that Scotland will be independent in their lifetime.