THE former head of the Better Together campaign has called for Boris Johnson to stay out of the debate on Scottish independence.

In an interview with the Daily Record, Blair McDougall agreed with Labour MP Ian Murray who said the Prime Minister poses a “greater threat to the UK than any nationalist does”.

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The comments follow Johnson's mid-pandemic visit to Scotland this week, and 20 consecutive polls showing support for independence is now the majority position.

The SNP has outlined its road map to independence if a majority of supportive MSPs are elected, which includes plans to hold another referendum even if Westminster refuses permission.

The National:

With Johnson’s personal ratings in Scotland consistently skewing negative, McDougall told the Prime Minister not to give the SNP a foil.

“I’d say to him ‘stop being the villain that the SNP want you to be. Step into the background and box clever’,” he said.

“You should recognise that this is a battle that will be won or lost in Scotland.”

The National:

Comparing former prime minister David Cameron’s role to the current No 10 incumbent, McDougall said: “[Cameron] boxed clever and kind of stepped back from it.

“There is a distinct lack of that artistry from Boris Johnson where every intervention is briefed as being the intervention that will save the Union.

“If David Cameron understood that he was not the man who was going to save the Union, and that it was going to be saved in Scotland, Boris Johnson certainly isn’t.”

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McDougall also hit out at a lack of organisation on the No side. He argued the pro-independence side has done “nothing” to earn its lead.

"It’s entirely about a lack of organisation, leadership and argument on the No side.”

Asked about campaigning in Scotland on his visit this week, Johnson said: “Wild horses won’t keep me away.”