The current Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, once advocated the end of the UK because he didn’t believe it made financial sense, according to a profile in the Financial Times.
According to an article in the newspaper, the Conservative MP who is being taked up as a potential future Prime Minister is a “political pragmatist,” a trait apparent “in his approach to the four-nation United Kingdom”.
The Financial Times quotes a fellow Conservative who says: “I remember discussing the future of the Union with Rishi and he argued that England should break away. He was advocating the end of the UK because it doesn’t make financial sense to him.
“He doesn’t have any love for the institution and I suspect he looks at it as he looks at anything: what’s the profit?”
Responding to the claims on Twitter, Sunak wrote: “There are some comments about the Union falsely attributed to me in the FT today.
“My parents moved to the United Kingdom, not England, because the Union represented an idea of opportunity. I am a strong believer in our union of four nations. Hope that clarifies that!”
Since joining the UK Government Rishi Sunak has openly advocated against a second independence referendum which could free Scotland of the UK.
Asked if the Tory Government would allow a second vote, he told Andrew Marr in December: “The Prime Minister’s been very clear. He is unequivocally committed to the Union, he passionately believes in it, and as you see this new government get to work, strengthening our Union, and levelling up and uniting our country will be at the heart of our agenda.”