Discussing the possibility of a second Scottish referendum, Baroness Chakrabarti said: “I personally think that referenda, in general, can be very, very divisive moments in a society’s life.
“We saw that in Scotland… we saw that all over the United Kingdom.
“The toxicity of that campaigning on both sides – families split and not speaking over it, communities divided over it – are we really in the mood for another referendum? I’m not so sure.”
While she received some applause for her argument, Val McDermid, a crime writer and broadcaster who backed Scottish independence in the 2014 referendum, immediately hit back at the Labour politician’s claims.
She received rapturous applause when she said: “For a start I don’t really recognise your portrayal of what happened in Scotland during the last referendum.
Shami Chakrabarti and Val McDermid clahsed over the effect of referendums on families & communities
I don’t really recognise your portrayal of what happened in Scotland during the last referendum
“I personally know of no families that have been divided and don’t speak to each other anymore.
“I have friends who are on the other side of the argument from me – we have many vigorous discussions and we are still friends, we still sit down and have a glass of wine.
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More than 3.6m people turned out to vote in the Scottish independent referendum, resulting in a 'No' vote with 55.3%.Here we take a look at the public's reaction.
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Pro-Union supporters celebrate as Scottish referendum polling results are announced at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland, on September 19, 2014
“What we had was a media storm, whipping up a frenzy of hatred and anger that wasn’t really reflected on the ground.”
Rumours of a second independence referendum have been fuelled by Theresa May’s promise to bring Britain out of the single market.
The possibility of a second referendum was a key topic of debate on Thursday's Question Time
With the majority of Scotland voting in favour of remaining within the EU, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and other leading members of the SNP have repeatedly threatened a second independence referendum which could drag Brexit negotiations into chaos.
Earlier this week, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator claimed Europe “cannot afford to lose” Scotland.
McDermid was appluaded for her put-down
He told the National: “We need the Scottish people and their firm European beliefs.
“Scotland has shaped European civilisation, through iconic figures such as David Hume, Alexander Fleming and Adam Smith and still does so today by being at the forefront of defining and strengthening European values.
“We cannot afford to lose that.”