Furious BBC row erupts as SNP accused of ‘blackening Westminster’s name with propaganda’

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The pair clashed on BBC Two’s Politics Live forcing host Jo Coburn to intervene in the debate as Brexiteer Bernard Jenkin accused the SNP politician of “hating” Westminster. Boris Johnson’s latest Brexit move to table the Internal Market Bill aimed at changing the Brexit withdrawal agreement with the EU has sparked the fury of devolved governments now accusing the Prime Minister of taking powers away from their parliaments. As Mr Hendry attempted to make his case against the Prime Minister on Politics Live, Bernard Jenkin said: “Ironically, Drew wants Scotland to leave the United Kingdom and then go back into the European Union.

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“How much say over these matters did you have when the United Kingdom was a member of the European Union?

“Far less say than you have as part of the United Kingdom Parliament.

“I know you hate Westminster, and you blacken the name of Westminster all the time, because that’s your propaganda.

“But actually, you would have far more powers actually being devolved to Scotland, because we’re leaving the European Union.

“But now all the powers coming back from the European Union will go to the devolved bodies because we want to maintain a single market and prosperity throughout the United Kingdom.”

He added: “I know you don’t care about prosperity, you don’t want British taxpayers money and you want to give your fish away!”

The SNP politician replied: “We don’t have in Scotland the politics of hate that you’re trying to propagate here.

“What we do have is that we found that over the European Union membership Scotland’s 62 percent vote to remain in the EU was completely ignored by the UK Government.

“As were all attempts to compromise by the Scottish Government.”

The SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford said his party will look at all options available to stop the Prime Minister.

He said: “The simple fact of the matter is that this is disrespecting devolution, it’s disrespecting Scotland and it’s disrespecting the referendum.

“So we’ll look at all options.

“But the message to everybody in Scotland is we face an election next year to the Scottish Parliament.

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“If the SNP win that election, the mandate for an independence referendum with that bill on the referendum will come in front of the Scottish Parliament, let’s – to use the phrase – take back control ourselves.

“Let’s stop Boris Johnson taking a wrecking ball to devolution.”

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the new bill was an “abomination”. 

Ministers have argued legislation is necessary to protect the Northern Ireland peace process if the two sides are unable to agree a free trade deal before the current Brexit transition period runs out at the end of the year.

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