Snow criticised Nicola Sturgeon for starting the election campaign by talking about independence and insisted it was time the issue was pushed back.
He said: “In this moment in which the election has been called, independence really has to step back.
“You are talking about a situation in which so much could happen to the Scottish economy even before you ever had another referendum.”
Jon Snow told the First Minister than independence needed to take its place behind Brexit
The first minister claimed she was not “proposing another referendum now”, but at the end of the process, before the host criticised her.
Snow raged: “That’s not how it sounded at the beginning.
“It sounded as if almost as if you [were saying], ‘look a vote this time will confirm that I need an early referendum’.”
Ms Sturgeon insisted that she had always said she wanted a decision on independence at the “end of the Brexit process”.
The first minister called for a vote on independence when it was clear what the Brexit deal would look like for the United Kingdom.
In this moment in which the election has been called, independence really has to step back
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Theresa May has reiterated that “now is not the time” for a vote on independence.
Snow continued his grilling of the first minister as he highlighted the significance of Brexit to Scotland.
“You do four times more trade with England than you do with the whole of Europe,” he added.
“What happens on Brexit is a massive implication for you.”
Ms Sturgeon insisted that if the Republic of Ireland faces no concerns over trade with the UK following Brexit then Scotland also should not fear to vote for independence.
She said: “I don’t think we should lose the ability to trade with the biggest single market in the world, which is eight times the size of the UK market.
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“The Prime Minister and the Government right now, to say to the Republic of Ireland that Brexit doesn’t mean having to choose between trade with the UK and trade with the EU
“If that’s true for Ireland, it doesn’t make any logical sense to say to Scotland, if Scotland was to have a different relationship with Europe, that we wouldn’t be able to trade with the UK.”
Ms Sturgeon finished by reiterating that she could not support the Prime Minister’s “extreme” Brexit before suggesting she would prop up a Labour government if it was possible after the June 8 General Election.
She said: “It’s an issue of principle that given the implications of Brexit, we don’t know yet exactly what they are, I think, I hope I am wrong but I think the approach to Brexit the Prime Minister is taking, the very extreme form of Brexit could be really really damaging our economy our society to almost every aspect of life.
“My position is at the end of that process, not now but at the end of that process, Scotland must have a choice, once we know what the implications of Brexit are, to decide is that right for the country? Or do we want to take a different path.”