‘Divisive’ Scottish independence ‘never-endum’ blasted by BBC QT audience member

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Host Fiona Bruce asked the panel, which included Scottish Government Finance Secretary Kate Forbes, “does the SNP really have a mandate for a second referendum?”. It followed First Minister Nicola Sturgeon declaring a second referendum on Scottish independence is a matter of “when, not if” following the SNP’s 2021 election victory.

Speaking to the panel, the audience member branded the debate around independence a “never-endum” – and urged Scottish leaders to focus on other issues.

She added: “The last independence referendum that we had in Scotland was very divisive for families and friendships, and we are still healing from that independence referendum.

“We’ve still not got over it. Now in the recent leaders debate in Scotland, our Scottish leaders were fighting like rats in a sack about independence.

“There was no talk about social care, there was nothing about tackling child poverty, education – where are our teachers?

“Nicola Sturgeon herself admitted in one of the debates that she had taken her eye off the ball.”

Turning her attention to Ms Forbes, the audience member attacked the SNP minister for continuing to call for IndyRef2.

“Kate is a fine example of everything that is wrong with the SNP.

“As we were talking about the problems with Labour, Kate actually cannot stop herself from bringing up the constitution.

It is just a never-endum that needs to be brought to a close.”

On May 6, the SNP won 64 seats in the Scottish Parliament election, one short of a majority.

However, independence-backing Green’s won eight seats, meaning support for another referendum has the majority in Holyrood.

The Conservatives returned 31 seats and Labour won 22, both parties opposing another referendum.

Former SNP leader Alex Salmond’s Alba party, formed to create a “supermajority” for independence, failed to win any seats.

The most recent poll on Scottish independence, from Savanta ComRes on May 5, showed ‘No’ was in the lead by eight points.

In the survey, excluding ‘Don’t Know’ votes, ‘Yes’ polled at 42 percent but ’No’ polled at 50.

The survey interviewed 1,001 Scottish adults online from April 30 to May 4 for The Scotsman.

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