Boris Johnson’s main adviser on the fight against Scottish independence left less than a fortnight after being appointed head of the Union unit from Downing Street.
Oliver Lewis, a veteran of the Vote Leave Brexit campaign, has reportedly said his position has been made “untenable” by other members of No 10.
Mr Lewis replaced former Scottish MP Luke Graham as head of the unit earlier in February, just months before the Holyrood elections where calls for a second independence referendum will be the dominant issue.
After Mr Lewis left, Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: “The disunity in the unity of the Union. Or maybe just the despair of realizing how outdated the matter is.”
SNP deputy leader in Westminster Kirsten Oswald said “the taxpayer-funded anti-independence campaign was falling apart”.
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“As support for independence grows, the Conservatives are losing advisers like rats on a sinking ship.
“The Scots have the right to determine their own future in a post-pandemic referendum.
“Boris Johnson knows he can no more deny democracy than Donald Trump.
“The question in the May election will be: who has the right to decide what kind of country we should be after the pandemic – the Scottish people or Boris Johnson? The only way to secure Scotland’s future is between in the hands of Scotland and not Boris. Johnson is with both SNP votes. ”
Downing Street declined to comment on staffing issues.