Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey accused the Prime Minister and the Prime Minister of Scotland of playing with their own political base instead of focusing on the climate crisis.
Speaking on a visit to Scotland, Sir Ed attacked both Nicola Sturgeon and Boris Johnson, as well as their respective parties, for “behaving like children” instead of “focusing on the fight to save the planet of fire ”.
“I think both (the Scottish and UK governments) have a bigger record on this than they have acted,” he said.
He added: ‘My overall point of view, when I look at what the UK government is doing and what the Scottish government is doing, I fear that despite all their speeches Boris Johnson and Nicola Sturgeon seem more interested in playing with their base rather than focusing on the fight to save the planet from fire.
The Lib Dem leader also spoke of the disagreement between the two sides over free ports, which the Scottish government has opposed in favor of its own green ports initiative.
The UK government’s proposals would see different tax and customs rules imposed in certain areas around ports in an attempt to improve the local economy.
The Scottish Government’s proposals would impose fair labor responsibilities on companies operating in the areas, while demanding a commitment to tackle climate change.
Scottish Trade Minister Ivan McKee announced last month that the proposals would progress north of the border.
Speaking of the dispute over free ports and green ports, Sir Ed said: “You have Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak playing in front of their own home crowd, you have Sturgeon et al playing in front of their home crowd.
“All they both do is conspire to undermine the potential for new manufacturing industries and new green jobs in Scotland.”
“We have an offer from the British government, a different offer from the Scottish government and the fact that they don’t agree bothers us.”
He added: “All I would say to them is’ can you bang your head together? Can you manage? You are in fact undermining the economy of Scotland ”.
“They behave frankly like children.
“They are playing with their base as they fail to come together to keep the planet from burning.
“We need this investment, we need it now, it’s great for the economy.
“Britain is a world leader in offshore wind thanks to the policies of the Liberal Democrats and I just wish these two parties, the Conservative Party and the SNP, put the climate first rather than their own parties first. . “
A Scottish government spokesperson said: ‘Although we were ready to work with the UK government and have a draft tender prospectus for a green port ready to launch in March, we have made it clear that we are not prepared to implement a port model that does not include a firm commitment to fair work and net zero conditionality.
‘After six months of delay on their part, the UK government’s eventual port offer did not reflect this – nor did it provide equitable set-up funding for Scotland to that offered for the model port. The British government’s preferred franc for England, nor even recognized the vital role that the real living wage plays in the security of wages and employment contracts.
“The Scottish government therefore had no choice but to push forward with plans to further develop a model of a green port that meets the specific needs of the Scottish economy.”