BBC Question Time presenter Fiona Bruce cut off the SNP MP pointing out polls showing a majority of Scottish voters backs independence is “within the margin of error.” Joanna Cherry insisted the latest voting intention surveys had proved the appetite for Scotland to quit the UK has increased since voters were last asked to cast their vote on the issue in 2014. Ms Cherry said: “The Scottish Parliament, our democratically elected body for Scotland, has voted to hold a second independence referendum.
“Polls suggest the majority of people want a second independence referendum.”
But Ms Bruce was forced to cut the SNP MP off to point out “it’s within the margin of error.”
Ms Cherry initially appeared unaffected by the interruption as she continued her speech: “The last three polls have shown a majority in favour of independence but they are close, yes.”
The BBC Question Time host then proceeded to intervene again: “They are within the margin of error so they are not as strong as you’d like them to be.
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Fiona Bruce noted independence is ahead in polls “within the margin of error”
“Let’s cut to the chase. What would you like to happen?
“You’ve obviously got Nicola Sturgeon who is requesting permission, effectively, from the Prime Minister to be able to hold a second independence referendum. You want to go for a second referendum.”
Ms Cherry said the SNP succeeded to make up ground since the independence campaign first began in 2012 and she insisted she would not support plans for a referendum organised “illegally”.
The SNP MP said: “Bear in mind, when we started the independence referendum campaign back in 2012, we started at 28 percent. We went to 45 percent.
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Joanna Cherry insisted the SNP made lots of progress since the independence campaign first began in 2012
“I want to make it perfectly clear that I’ve never advocated a wildcat or what some people have called an illegal referendum.
“It would be rather surprising if I did so given I’m a senior member of the legal profession.
“But the weight of legal opinion is that it is by no means the Scottish Parliament doesn’t have the competence to hold a referendum.”
A Panellise poll conducted between January 28 and 31 of 1,016 Scottish adult voters put support for independence in the lead with 49 percent of the vote against 46 percent.
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Support for independence has fluctuated since the vote was held in 2014
The change marked a 5 percent increase from a previous poll of 1,020 prospective Scottish voters from the same company carried out between December 3 and 6.
Nicola Sturgeon was refused a new independence referendum earlier this year when Prime Minister Boris Johnson rejected the plan suggesting a fresh vote would perpetuate the “political stagnation” in the UK.
The Prime Minister noted Ms Sturgeon’s predecessor Alex Salmon had pledged the referendum would be a “once in a generation” opportunity and a new poll would renege on his pledge.
Responding to the First Minister, Mr Johnson said: “The people of Scotland voted decisively on that promise to keep our United Kingdom together, a result which both the Scottish and UK governments committed to respecting in the Edinburgh agreement.
“Another independence referendum would continue the political stagnation that Scotland has seen for the last decade, with Scottish schools, hospitals and jobs again left behind because of a campaign to separate the UK.”