UK Minister Michael Gove announces enhanced foreign office presence in Scotland

In a move certain to anger the beleaguered Scottish National Party (SNP) Britain’s cabinet office is to establish a “second flagship HQ” in Glasgow ministers announced on Monday.

In response to fears that policies designed in London don’t represent Scottish views, and make their day-to-day lives harder, fears that the SNP encourages, the foreign office plans to create 500 new jobs at an existing office in East Kilbride.

“Not only will this bring new jobs and investment to Scotland, it will strengthen the diversity of the UK civil service, ending the Westminster knows best approach to policymaking and ensuring Scottish voices shape everything we do,” Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove said in a statement.

It has also been confirmed that a new generation of Royal Navy warships will be built in Scottish shipyards. Defence industries are major employers in Scotland, with a disproportionate number of Scots serving in Britain’s armed forces.

The SNP is pushing for an independence referendum to be held after this May’s Scottish parliament election, but British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said such votes should happen only once in a generation.

In a referendum in 2014, Scots voted 55%-45% to remain in the United Kingdom.

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