SNP ‘prioritising independence’ says Willie Rennie
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SNP deputy leader Keith Brown appeared on last night’s BBC Question Time and insisted that Boris Johnson will not “stand in the way” of a second independence referendum. He said: “I want that referendum and the UK has no authority to prevent that referendum taking place if the people of Scotland vote for that.”
Mr Brown added that “the people who should decide if there is a referendum are the people of Scotland”.
“I don’t think for a second that Boris Johnson will continue to refuse to agree a Section 30 agreement and it will be an agreement, we’re not pleading for that we want to have that, it’s the best way to have a referendum,” he said.
“He will not stand in the way of a referendum in Scotland if the people in Scotland vote for it.”
A Section 30 agreement temporarily gives powers to the Scottish Parliament to hold an independence referendum.
It refers to the section of the Scotland Act which allows Holyrood to pass laws that are normally reserved to Westminster.
Reacting to Mr Brown’s comments on Thursday night, social media users took to Twitter accusing the SNP of continuing to push for an independence referendum.
One user posted: “To be fair to the SNP, they’d be kinda screwed as a political entity if they didn’t keep bleating on about it – so I don’t particularly begrudge them that.
“If enough people simply don’t vote for them.. [sic]”
Another Twitter user said: “Change the record….the SNP should be embarrassed, 14 years in charge and the state of health, education and social care is appalling. We’ve had a vote and it was NO.”
A third user accused Mr Brown of “putting the cart before the horse” and added: “Recovery from Covid must be the first and foremost priority over any further constitutional wrangling.”
Leaders from Scotland’s political parties took part in Thursday night’s Question Time programme from Edinburgh.
However, according to the Scottish Herald, opposition politicians claimed that they were told to expect an all-leaders debate despite the fact that SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon did not attend.
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The BBC did not bill the episode as a leaders special and the SNP responded to claims that the First Minister snubbed the event.
The SNP said there “has never been any suggestion that the First Minister would be taking part in this debate”.
A spokesperson added: “The BBC did not include Question Time in their requests for leaders participation.
“The SNP was asked for an SNP representative and the SNP’s depute leader will be appearing. It is for other parties who they chose to put forward to represent their parties.”
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