The BBC host Sarah Smith attacked the SNP for wasting time arguing about independence when Scotland’s NHS is descending into crisis under Nicola Sturgeon’s watch. The SNP MP Fiona Hyslop was left stunned by the attack, after Smith demanded that she “should be concentrating on the NHS not independence”. The BBC host also questioned “why on Earth” Nicola Sturgeon was obsessed with independence when she has already admitted that Scotland is not convinced by her argument yet.
Smith said: “It is not guaranteed you would win an independence referendum.
“The First Minister herself admits that the case of independence is yet to be won.
“So why on Earth is she wanting to have a vote before you’ve convinced the electorate?”
Ms Hyslop responded: “Well the more Boris Johnson says no, he himself builds the case for independence by demonstrating the democratic deficit.”
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BBC host Sarah Smith attacked the SNP for wasting time arguing about independence
Sturgeon claimed there was an “unarguable” mandate for a new vote
The SNP cabinet minister continued: “We always said that it was a once-in-a-generation vote until circumstances change.
“Being dragged out of the EU against our will is a substantial change.”
Smith then said: “But, you cannot afford the time arguing about independence.
“You are missing NHS waiting times and NHS targets. You should be concentrating on the NHS not independence.
The BBC host also questioned “why on Earth” Nicola Sturgeon was obsessed with independence
“You could get getting on with protecting public services and domestic issues.”
Yesterday, Ms Sturgeon claimed there was an “unarguable” mandate for a new vote after her SNP won 48 of Scotland’s 59 seats in last week’s general election.
She called on the UK Government to negotiate a transfer of powers to Holyrood to allow another referendum on independence.
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The SNP MP Fiona Hyslop was left stunned by the attack
A document containing her arguments and draft legislation to transfer powers has been sent to the UK Government.
In response in the Commons yesterday, Boris Johnson said that division had “poisoned” public life, and ruled out giving permission for another referendum.
He said: “It was Nicola Sturgeon herself who said that the referendum in 2014 was once in a generation, and I feel the Scottish National Party should concentrate more on delivering the domestic priorities of the people of Scotland and rather less on breaking up our United Kingdom.”
An online petition calling for support for an independent Scotland, which was launched during the SNP conference earlier this year, has hit 500,000 signatures in the wake of the general election.