Sturgeon ally left speechless in BBC clash over independence – ‘Be straight with people!’

Sturgeon ally left speechless in BBC clash over independence – ‘Be straight with people!’

Labour MP Ian Murray urged the SNP to “be straight with the Scottish people” as he confronted a senior ally of Nicola Sturgeon on independence. During a heated clash on BBC Question Time on Thursday evening, Mr Murray grilled Scottish Health Secretary Jeane Freeman. He dismantled arguments around the currency of an independent Scotland and Ms Sturgeon’s hope for accession into the EU.

Mr Murray told Ms Freeman: “The Scottish people have the democratic right to be told the consequences.

“Jeanne, if you just tell me tonight, what the currency will be and when, I’m happy to take that away and look at it.”

Ms Freeman did not respond to this question, prompting Mr Murray to continue: “Can you tell me what the accession to the EU will be?

“You want to cherry-pick the EU. No currency, no Schengen, you don’t even want the very deal signed between the EU and UK, which would underpin the border at Berwick.”

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The Scottish Labour MP continued: “The deal between the EU and the UK would determine what the border will be at Berwick between Scotland and England.

“Just be straight with the Scottish people!”

Mr Murray echoed remarks made earlier by Lord Michael Forsyth, who accused the SNP of “telling the Scottish people lies about the consequences of independence”.

Ms Freeman responded to this: “People in Scotland are not draft – it is disrespectful to suggest such a thing.

However, earlier this week, it emerged that support for independence had fallen to below 50 percent for the first time this year.

According to a new Savanta ComRes poll for The Scotsman, the survey found 47 percent of Scots would vote to leave the union, versus 42 percent opposed and ten percent undecided.

Once the undecideds are excluded this would give the nationalists 53 percent versus 47 percent for the unionists.

Some 45 percent of respondents claimed the SNP are divided, an increase on eight points over the December figure.

Published at Sat, 13 Feb 2021 08:30:00 +0000