>> There's one month to go until the UK's general election. And for Scottish farmers like Rob Livesy, it's all about Brexit. He sells beef and lamb and relies on EU subsidies. But north of the border, there's another topic drowning out that conversation. Scottish independence. At farms like this one in Roxburgh in Scotland, farmers are worried about what life will be like outside the EU and how their beef and lamb will compete in a market which is no longer part of the EU.
But instead of the discussion being about Brexit and its complications, the discussion has been about all the things that divide the electorate along a straight clear line. Scots voted against independence in a 2014 referendum and most still don't support it. But Scotland's First Minister and Scottish National Party Leader Nicola Sturgeon, wants a second independence vote and has talked of little else in recent months.
So the British Prime Minister's Conservatives are running against her here in Scotland by placing all their bets on this one issue. Many living in Rob Livesy's swing seat constituency feel neither party are tackling the real issues.>> It's all about Brexit really the election is and what vision that each of the parties see about how that's developed and what their vision is.
And that's clearly lacking from the Conservatives just now, we haven't got how they see the world after Brexit. The SNP to my mind, has yet to show that they're capable of governing.>> Scottish conservatives are expected to enjoy their best election in decades, taking a projected seven seats from Sturgeon's SNP in Westminster, according to polls.
But even modest gains could bolster the Conservatives by allowing them to argue that they have weakened the position of those who want to break up the UK.