Nicola Sturgeon and Boris Johnson (Image: GETTY)
A Boris Johnson campaign source said on Sunday: “There’ll be no change to the Barnett formal if Boris wins. For the SNP to suggest otherwise shows a hitherto unseen level of desperation and underlines just how much they would fear a Conservative and Unionist Party led by Boris." But the SNP still perceive a Boris Johnson-led Tory Government as a threat to Scottish prosperity.
SNP MSP Tom Arthur said: "The Tories have longed for the opportunity to hammer Scotland's budget for years, but the people of Scotland won't stand by while Westminster politicians plot to cut money from our vital public services to fund their disastrous no deal Brexit."
The comment from Boris Johnson’s campaign team came after the team backing Jeremy Hunt for the top job urged Mr Johnson to stop "dodging questions" on the future of the formula, which allocates public spending increases to the Scottish Parliament, and to rule out scrapping it.
The SNP said that doing away with the formula would "slaughter" public services in Scotland.
Mr Johnson's views on the issue have been under scrutiny as the race to succeed Theresa May to Number 10 continues.
Scottish Conservative MP John Lamont welcomed what he described as an apparent U-turn from Mr Johnson.
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