Nicola Sturgeon’s bid to keep Scotland a part of the European Union by holding a referendum on remaining part of the UK came under fire on Tuesday evening, as Scots made their voices heard in a BBC debate.
The First Minister caused No 10 a headache earlier this month as she promised to deliver another vote before the EU exit.
Theresa May said "now is not the time" for a disruptive vote on whether Scotland becomes an independent nation.
Despite being told to forget about a second referendum, Ms Sturgeon remains determined to have a new vote between autumn 2018 and spring 2019.
The Scot tore into Fiona Hyslop, saying he was sick of hearing Scotland wanted to remain in the EU
Defending the SNP’s refusal to accept the 2014 referendum was a once in a lifetime vote, Fiona Hyslop insisted Scotland had to take action if they wanted a say over their future.
She told the BBC audience: “Every other country will get to decide whether this a good or a bad deal, apart from Scotland somehow.
“We have a window between the autumn of 2018 and the spring of 2019 because according to Theresa May’s own timetable, we’re not in control of this timetable, that is the point the UK will be out.”
During the debate Ms Hyslop was quizzed about the possibility of a referendum vote being held after Brexit, resulting in the MSP suggesting it was better than allowing a “hard right Brexiteer Government” free reign.
I’m actually getting sick of hearing that Scotland voted to stay in
BBC audience member
Ms Hyslop said: “That’s the risk that we have, that if we do nothing and drift along for two years Scotland’s future will be decided for us by a Conservative, hard right Brexiteer Government.”
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Having none of it, one audience member turned the tables on the SNP politician as he said Scots had voted to remain a part of the UK less than three years ago.
He said: “I’m actually getting sick of hearing that Scotland voted to stay in. The vote was not a Scottish vote, it was a United Kingdom vote.
“The majority of people in Scotland voted in 2014 to stay in the United Kingdom, the only reason they know what the Scottish vote is a logistical thing.”
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It comes as Ms Sturgeon was left squirming last week as she was challenged on whether or not she could guarantee an independent Scotland would be given EU membership.
During an interview with Channel 4, Ms Sturgeon was asked if she could give a cast-iron guarantee to Scottish voters that they could stay inside the bloc.
Ms Sturgeon said: “I’m the First Minister of Scotland, so it shouldn’t surprise people to know that I want Scotland’s interest to be protected and respected.
“What I absolutely accept is that I have to give that clarity about the implications of independence before people make that choice but we haven’t even had Article 50 triggered yet. The idea that I can give certainty and clarity about the future relationship with Europe at a time when we don’t even have Article 50 triggered, but I absolutely accept…
“I don’t think I’ve spoken to anybody who thinks that if Scotland decided it wanted to stay in Europe, that Europe would be anything other than welcoming to that.”