A VOTE for independence would be “closing off avenues of opportunity” to young Scots from which their parents benefited, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson will claim in a speech to No supporters today.
She will tell them the “security and opportunities afforded by a larger UK” means young people have a better chance of career success and economic prosperity.
In her speech to young supporters of Better Together, she will claim older Scots have a responsibility not to “pull up the ladder from our young people” by voting to leave the UK.
Ms Davidson will suggest that politicians have to do more to “listen to their voices” ahead of the referendum, in which 16- and 17-year-olds are eligible to vote.
She is also expected to highlight the “devolution generation”, claiming they will be more affluent in the UK.
The Tory leader is expected to say: “If we vote to leave the UK, we’d be closing off avenues of opportunity for Scotland’s young people that have existed for generations.”
However, pro-independence leaders said Conservative-led governments had presided over inequality and destroyed opportunities for young people.
A spokesman for Scotland’s education secretary, Mike Russell, said: “The Tory party have dismantled free higher education south of the Border, are gutting the welfare system and privatising the NHS.
“In the face of this political vandalism, it takes a breathtaking level of duplicity for Ruth Davidson to lecture young people on opportunities.”
Yes Scotland operations manager Sarah-Jane Walls said: “The Tory government in the 1980s – which Scotland massively rejected – consigned a whole generation of young people to the dole queue.”