Linda Fabiani bashed the Prime Minister for “not respecting the other nations of the UK” after the Government confirmed it would reject any request for a Section 30 order to trigger a Scottish referendum.
It came after the Sky News anchor took aim at the MSP over opinion polls in Scotland.
Speaking on All Out Politics. he said: “There’s a certain sense that the Scottish people are being put through another referendum when opinion polls suggest clearly that they don’t want it.”
But Ms Fabiani insisted the Scottish public were “sanguine” about another vote on independence.
Adam Boulton clashed with Linda Fabiani over the SNP's calls for an independence referendum
I think people are very sanguine about it. We ended up in government in Scotland, everybody knew what our manifesto was
She said: “Well it’s less than a year ago that we had an election here and our manifesto was very clear that if Scotland faced being dragged out of the EU against our will, we would reserve the right to say ‘we may well wish another referendum’.
“So I think people are very sanguine about it. We ended up in government in Scotland, everybody knew what our manifesto was.”
She blasted the Government for not “listening to us” after the SNP lodged a compromise deal for Scotland to remain members of the single market after Brexit.
The East Kilbride MSP said: “What she [Nicola Sturgeon] is saying now is, we have a right to have a referendum at the point where we feel we face being dragged out of the EU against our wishes at the point where we feel it’s now quite clear that the UK Government isn’t listening to us.
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The MSP said the Scottish people were "sanguine" about another vote
“[It] hasn’t really taken seriously the report that was submitted about the options for Scotland staying in the single market for example, so it’s only right that the Government of our country takes decisions in its best interests.”
Boulton scolded the politician once more over her party calling the referendum before knowing the terms of Brexit.
He said: “But how can you take a decision in your best interests when you don’t know what’s on the table?”
She argued Mrs Sturgeon had kept the two-year negotiation period in mind, with her calling for it to take place by Spring 2019.
Ms Fabiani then reminded Boulton of the 62 per cent who voted Remain in Scotland and added: “I think it’s incumbent on other parties to take that on board.”