The BBC veteran put it quite frankly to the SNP’s Westminster leader as he outlined the improbability of a Boris Johnson majority Government to grant a second vote for independence in Scotland. Mr Edwards said: “I’m going to put the point I put to the First Minister earlier, Ian. Which is, yes, you’ve done well, you’ve got these gains, you’ll be a significant presence in Westminster once again.
“But unlike in the last Parliament, in this Parliament you’re up against a majority of 80 and no matter how effectively you campaign, no matter how loudly you make your case, you frankly can’t do much there given the maths.”
The SNP politician claimed that his party’s victory in Scotland should be respected by the Prime Minister and the Scottish people’s mandate for a second vote granted by virtue of “generosity of spirit” on Boris Johnson’s side.
He said: “Well, at the end of the day we’re the third force in Parliament and we’ll make sure that we make our voices heard.
“I say to the Government in London: recognise that there are administrations in Edinburgh and in Cardiff and up in Belfast as well.
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“And there has to be respect. And we have to recognise that in a sense we have a constitutional crisis because we’re in a very different place from the rest of the United Kingdom.
“I regret the fact that the people in the rest of the UK seem to want to support Brexit, that is their choice.
“But also, our view must be respected as well, and we can’t be dragged out of the European Union against our will.
“So, Boris Johnson needs to show generosity of spirit and recognise that the SNP, whether that’s the Government in Edinburgh or the SNP force in Westminster, have a very different proposition.
“And the fact is that Scotland has voted in a different way must be respected.”
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon is set for a showdown with Prime Minister Boris Johnson as she insisted the SNP’s election success gives her a “renewed, refreshed and strengthened” mandate for a second vote on Scottish independence.
The First Minister’s SNP made a series of gains north of the border, including ousting Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson.
Ms Sturgeon said it had been an “exceptionally good night” for her party, with the results leaving Scotland and the rest of the UK on “divergent paths”.
The SNP won 47 MPs, up from the 35 they won two years ago, making it the party’s second-best Westminster result ever.
While the Tories made gains south of the border – with Mr Johnson winning the majority he was seeking to push ahead with Brexit – in Scotland, it was a different story.
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There are now six Tory MPs in Scotland, down from 13 in 2017, though Scottish Secretary Alister Jack was one of those who held on.
Labour had another disastrous election, with the party again left with just one MP in Scotland.
As in 2015, Ian Murray was left as a sole Scottish Labour representative in the House of Commons – using his speech after winning Edinburgh South to insist the party must now change or it will “die”.
Neale Hanvey, who was suspended by the SNP amid allegations of anti-Semitism, defeated shadow Scottish secretary Lesley Laird in Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath.
Although Ms Swinson lost her East Dunbartonshire constituency, her party ended up with four MPs in Scotland – the same number as it won in 2017 – after it gained North East Fife from the SNP.
Former Scottish justice secretary Kenny MacAskill made a return to front-line politics after winning the East Lothian seat from Labour.