BBC Question Time’s Fiona Bruce was in Inverness, Scotland, on Thursday, June 30, as the panel debated Scottish independence. Ms Bruce was joined by SNP’s Angus Robertson, Scottish Tory Party chairman Craig Hoy, Labour’s Shadow Social Security Secretary Pam Duncan-Glancy, Spectator editor Fraser Nelson and comedian Susie McCabe.
Earlier this week Scotland’s First Minister and SNP leader Ms Sturgeon announced plans for a second independence referendum on October 19 2023.
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The Supreme Court will decide whether the vote is legal or not after Westminster refused to grant Holyrood the necessary legal powers under section 30 of the Scotland Act.
Daily Telegraph columnist Mr Nelson suggested that Mr Johnson could accept Ms Sturgeon’s request for a second referendum.
“We’ve had another two [polls] this morning showing a majority of people don’t want there to be a referendum in the timetable that Nicola Sturgeon is talking about.
“Partly because you’ve got the SNP voters who aren’t sure it’s a good idea but also you’ve got a country that is exhausted.”
He claimed that Mr Johnson could call bluff and exclaimed, “I’m not worried about a 2023 referendum”.
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