The original question posed to the panel was: “Why do the SNP think that Scotland would be better tied to France or Germany, and wants to separate us from England, Wales and Scotland as a group?” Ms Cherry quickly interjected the audience member’s query: “That’s not what we think, we think Scotland would be better as part of the European Union, we also think England would be better as a member of the European Union.
“ It’s my dearest wish to see England come back into the European Union, sit at the top table alongside an independent Scotland” added Ms Cherry
“We don’t want to separate from the rest of the UK.”
The audience is seen to visibly laugh at the contradictory statement from the SNP leader.
Fiona Bruce spoke for the viewers at home: “I’m really confused.”
Joanna Cherry and Tom Tugendhat clashed on Question Time.
Ms Cherry said: “The United Kingdom is a union of two nations, Scotland and England.”
Ms Cherry then claimed that the UK was only formed of two countries, which baffled the panel and audience.
“We want to exercise our right to self-determination and become an independent country
“We’re not leaving something, the United Kingdom is a union of two nations, Scotland and England.
Mr Tugendhat scoffed at Joanna’s wild proclamation: “The Welsh and the Irish might not see it like that.”
However, Ms Cherry was, in fact, referring to the Treaty of Union, which was originally signed by just England and Scotland.
Mr Tugendhat scoffed at Joanna’s proclamation: “The Welsh and the Irish might not see it like that”
Ms Cherry continued “The union is between Scotland and England. If Scotland wishes to widow from that union there will no longer be a united kingdom that we understand.
“The European Union is a union of equals if a small country like Ireland has concerns, those concerns are heard with as much weight at the top table as the concerns of France and Germany.
“Contrast that with the way Scotland was treated during the Brexit process, where none of our concerns were taken on board at all.
“We prefer a union of equals as opposed to a union of unequals.”
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The audiencer were not impressed by Ms Cherry’s statement.
Crime writer Val McDermid sided with Ms Cherry
Crime writer Val McDermid sided with Ms Cherry: “It’s not a binary, it’s not either be part of the UK or the European Union. First of all, we have to decide if we want to be an independent nation. At that point, we decide whether being in the European Union is in our best interests.
“I’m a passionate Europhile, right now I would love us to go back in the European Union, but by the time we get independence, it might not be the best option for us.
“Its the decisions Scotland make for itself as an independent nation that matters.
“I would like to ask Ian, what does a mandate look like?”
Should Scotland be independent?
Labour MP Ian Murray fired back: “Let me answer the question directly, a mandate doesn’t look like 45 percent that we had on the 12 of December, so John Curtis, the UK’s most eminent pollster said that you couldn’t extrapolate a mandate from December 12.
“A mandate according to Nicola Sturgeon 18 months ago, was a consistent 60 percent in the polls.
Labour MP Ian Murray hit back at the SNP
“What is remarkable about this whole debate, is that the SNP has existed for 70 or 80 years and still can answer that lady’s question.
“Still can’t answer the questions about currency, still can answer the questions about borders, still can’t answer the questions about how we will fulfill the deficit.
“So we can all sit here and talk about mandate, let’s get on to the big issues around what we need to do.”