Furious BBC audience member orders Nicola Sturgeon to END independence row


A BBC audience member told Scottish leaders to stop debating on whether Scotland should be independent from the UK as he demanded they put an end to the “division” splitting the nation following the general election.

A member of the BBC audience confronted the leaders of all major Scottish Parties to demand they put an end to the independence row to ask for more devolved powers together. The Scottish voter claimed the debate on whether Scotland should quit the UK only created “divisions” among residents who just want their voices to be heard. The BBC audience member said: “If you look across Scotland, whether people are for Scottish independence or against it, there’s a pretty sound agreement across the board that the current constitutional arrangement for Scotland just is not working.

I think there has not been, when you ask people about what is happening right now and how it is not OK, enough discussion about not necessarily leaving the union with the UK but looking at a more federalised arrangement. Looking at giving Scotland more devolved powers to make its own decisions.

“Just as laws passed in Westminster won’t necessarily work in Scotland or Wales, they won’t necessarily really work outside of the south-east of England.”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, a long-time supporter of Scottish independence, told the BBC audience member she would be open to discussions with other party leaders on requesting more powers but insisted she will always campaign for Scotland to quit the UK.

Ms Sturgeon said: “I favour independence and I’m always going to argue for independence but equally I will always be in favour of more power coming to the Scottish Parliament.

“We sometimes hear different parties talk about federalism but they never really defined what that is or set out how they intend to deliver that when there doesn’t seem to be support for it in England, or from the Westminster Government.

“It is for these other parties to come forward with alternatives. I agree the current Westminster system is completely broken and can’t stand.”

The SNP leader faced off Scottish Tories’ interim leader Jackson Carlow, Scottish Labour’s Richard Leonard and Scottish Lib Dems’ leader Willie Rennie in the final leaders’ debate ahead of Thursday’s election.

The latest YouGov MRP poll projected the SNP would gain six seats for an overall of 41, becoming a crucial potential ally to Labour in the event of a hung Parliament.

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But the poll suggested Boris Johnson could ultimately snatch a majority at the polls despite the survey showing a 2-point drop in the Conservatives lead over Labour to nine points. 

The forecast showed the Tories secure 339 seats out of 650 in the general election on Thursday – up from the 317 Theresa May won in her snap general election in 2017.

Labour is projected to lose 31 seats and end with a total of 231 – putting the party on course for its worst performance since 1983.

If the election were held tomorrow, YouGov forecasted the Tories would have a 43 percent share of the vote, followed by Labour (34 percent), Lib Dems (12 percent) and the Brexit Party (three percent).

YouGov Political Research Manager Chris Curtis said: “Our latest and final poll shows that a small Conservative majority is likely, with the Tories taking 22 more seats than in 2017 and Labour losing 31.

If the election were held tomorrow, YouGov forecasted the Tories would have a 43 percent share of the vote, followed by Labour (34 percent), Lib Dems (12 percent) and the Brexit Party (three percent).

“But the margins are extremely tight and small swings in a small number of seats, perhaps from tactical voting and a continuation of Labour’s recent upward trend, means we can’t currently rule out a hung parliament.

“As things currently stand there are 85 seats with a margin of error of five percent or less.”

The poll is the result of around 100,000 interviews carried out over the past seven days to test the voting intentions of participating panellists.


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