Keir Starmer will declare that he is “determined” to “preserve and renew” the United Kingdom in a major speech on Scotland, devolution and the Union ahead of Holyrood elections taking place next year.
Delivering the JP Mackintosh Memorial Lecture on Monday, the UK Labour leader is expected to set the tone for Labour’s campaign for Scottish parliamentary elections in May by announcing the start of a new era of devolution.
Making the case for preserving the Union, Starmer will say: “Our nations are bound by our history, values and our identity. Our families live across borders and our businesses operate across borders.
“We’re interconnected and we’re interdependent. That’s not just a precious inheritance or a description of the past, it’s what we are. It’s what I want for our children, for the next generation.
“I don’t believe in putting up borders across any part of our United Kingdom. In dividing people, communities and families who have stood together for so long.