Nicola Sturgeon grilled over SNP’s poverty figures
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Last night’s episode of the Fiona Bruce-fronted show was a Scottish election special, as people vote on May 6. The first question of the night centred on whether Westminster should allow Holyrood to hold a referendum on Scottish independence if the SNP, or another independence-supporting party, form a Government.
Ryan, an audience member, took aim at another independence referendum, and tore into the SNP’s proposals for when the vote would take place.
He said: “It seems as if we have a very simple choice in the next parliament, whether we spend it debating an issue that in reality was resolved almost seven years ago.
“And I know that people will make the case that things have happened since then but we were told at the time it was a once-in-a-generation vote and we voted, and we voted to stay part of the United Kingdom.
“I just don’t understand how you can make the argument that we’re going to recover from this pandemic, but at the same time you’re going to spend two years, I think the SNP’s proposals are now saying that they are going to wait now (to hold a referendum) until 2023.”
In their manifesto, the SNP stated they would aim to hold an independence referendum “once the Covid crisis has passed” and by the end of 2023.
Ryan then said he would prefer a referendum to happen immediately after the election, and added: “At least Alex Salmond and the Alba Party are saying they’re just going to get on with it, they’d like to do one straight after the election and I would actually, I wouldn’t be a fan of it but I’d go along with that approach.
“It seems to be the better one to do, but I think that’s just a simple choice: Recovery, or debate something we’ve already been debating for the last few years.
“And I just really don’t see how this is going to change anything.”
The audience member spoke in response to the SNP’s Deputy Leader, Keith Brown, who said Westminster has “no authority” to prevent a referendum on Scottish independence.
He then said, in response to the idea an SNP-led Holyrood would be a “wildcat Government”, that “The wildcat, or renegade, Government in this country is the UK Government.
“They’ve been taken to the Supreme Court who struck down the decision to try and prorogue the UK parliament, they’ve signed international agreements with the EU which they then have immediately renounced afterwards.
“Well I think trying to stop Parliament from meeting is pretty wildcat to me, and the simple fact is that the people who should decide if there is a referendum are the people of Scotland.”
It comes as polling for IndyRef2 shows a lead for ‘No’ to independence.
Savanta ComRes’ poll from April 20 shows 44 percent support independence and 48 percent reject it.
With eight percent saying they are unsure, it gives the ‘No’ vote a four percent lead.
YouGov’s poll from the same day saw 39 percent say ‘Yes’ to independence and 45 percent say ‘No’.
With 16 percent saying they are undecided, ‘No’ leads by six points.
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