BREXIT minister Lord Frost told the Conservative conference that Brexit has made Scottish independence a more difficult proposition in practical terms.

It comes after several senior Tories in recent days have used parts of speeches and other appearances at the party's conference to voice opposition to the idea of independence.

Speaking to a Conservative Party conference fringe event in Manchester, Frost said: “It is not my patch directly (but) I think Brexit makes Scottish independence a more challenging proposition for obvious reasons to do with trade patterns, exports, borders, customs and so on.

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“That’s a very sort of practical, kind of unemotional argument.

“I think Brexit offers the opportunity to get back to where we have been not that long ago, of a UK nation state that accommodates different identities and there is a civic patriotism around what we’re trying to achieve as a country.

“I hope that we get that back and I think it will prove to be extremely appealing and successful if we can.”

Despite repeatedly saying that "now is not the time" for a second Scottish independence referendum during the Holyrood election in May, Tories are making sure that they make their position known during the conference.

Yesterday, Cabinet minister Michael Gove said that the Tory government "will never allow the break up" of the UK as he took aim at the "Scottish nationalist party" during his speech at the in-person conference in Manchester.

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During an interview for STV, Scotland Secretary Alister Jack claimed that the SNP does not have a mandate for an independence referendum as they were one short of an overall majority in the May election.

Jack claimed the SNP were "gaming the system" due to a pro-independence majority in Holyrood being created with the Scottish Greens, which he claims only stood for election on the regional list.

This claim was rebuked by Greens who told Jack that the Scottish Green co-leader Lorna Slater stood in a constituency as well as on the list, beating out the Tory candidate but ultimately being elected on the list.