"I have to say to Scottish Nationalists that by fighting for a programme of separatism, saying that you want to take Scotland out and take the Scottish identity out into a separate place, you are doing violence to part of the identity of every Scotsman, because there is a British component in the identity of every Scotsman. And to separate that is to do violence to people's own sense of identity."Although a Nobel Peace Prize winner there is no doubt in mind that Trimble is reminding Scottish Unionists of the other long and painful war of resistance by Ulster Unionists against an united Ireland. There were other words that Trimble could have used but he chose the word 'violence' because of the emotional link with unionist resistance in the North of Ireland.
SNP MSP Humza Yousaf in responding to Trimble said:
"This is exactly what David Cameron and Ruth Davidson didn't want - their much-promised positive case for the Union hasn't even survived the Tory launch event, and now lies in tatters. It is precisely this sort of negative nonsense that is so damaging to the Tory-led anti-independence campaign. Lord Trimble couldn't be more wrong about Scotland. Independence is the broad, inclusive and positive option for Scotland, in which the wide range of identities we have in our modern nation - Scottish, British, Pakistani, Chinese, Polish, Irish and many, many more - can all be reflected and celebrated."For a so called mainstream politician Lord Trimble has behaved in a wholly irresponsible manner.