Kirsty Blackman stunned BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty when she boldly claimed that her party had “won the argument” over the Scottish independence debate. The SNP Deputy Westminster leader pointed to her party’s victory in the December 2019 general election, where they gained 13 seats to hold 48 of the 59 Scottish battlegrounds. However, Boris Johnson has formally rejected a call from Nicola Sturgeon for a second independence referendum.
Ms Blackman slammed the Prime Minister’s position as “completely wrong”, and argued that “a number of people” support Scotland’s “right to choose”.
She said: “The will of the Scottish people is to have a referendum. That’s a platform that we stood on.
“Obviously we support independence but we’re very clear that not everybody does.
“A number of people have said that they support Scotland’s right to choose.”
The SNP MP continued: “Look at Scotland’s most senior councillor, Alison Evans, who is a Labour councillor, who said that she supports Scotland’s right to choose.
“We’ve won the argument on whether Scotland should have an independence referendum.
“It’s the Prime Minister’s position that is completely wrong in this.
“If this is a union of consensus, if we are here as part of a willing partnership, if one of those partners wants to leave, they should have the right to put that to the people and to have that choice made by the people of Scotland.”
Mr Johnson said a referendum would “continue the political stagnation Scotland has seen for the past decade”.
He cited the First Minister’s previous pledge that the 2014 referendum would be a “once in a generation” vote.
Ms Sturgeon tweeted that the Tories were attempting to “deny democracy”.
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In her election victory speech, the SNP leader denied the Prime Minister’s “mandate” to take Scotland out of the EU.
She said: “Westminster has ignored people in Scotland for three years.
“Last night the people of Scotland said – enough. It is time for Boris Johnson to start listening.
“I accept – regretfully – that he has a mandate for Brexit in England, but he has no mandate whatsoever to take Scotland out of the EU.
“If he presses ahead he will drive a coach and horses through the very idea that is supposed to underpin the UK – the idea that this union is a partnership of equal nations.”
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