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BBC audience boos SNP MP who claimed Johnson has 'no majority' to take Scotland out of EU

Members of the BBC Any Questions? audience booed the SNP MP after she insisted wants to "remain European" and stay in the European Union despite the results of the Brexit referendum in 2016. Ms Oswald claimed Prime Minister Boris Johnson has no mandate to force the nation to Brexit despite winning an 80-seat majority in last week's general election. But some BBC audience members from Belsize Park, London, immediately shot down her comments as they began to boo and heckle the SNP politician.

Ms Oswald, who only regained her seat last week after losing it to the Conservatives in 2017, said: "I have to tell you the Tories do not have a majority in Scotland.

"The Tories had a terrible night in Scotland – they lost more than half of their MPs. The SNP have secured 80 percent of the MPs in Scotland and we’ve done that because we do not support Brexit.

"Scotland didn’t vote for Brexit, it didn’t vote for Boris Johnson and, most certainly, it did not vote for this cliff edge he is potentially going to be dragging us off against our express will."

She continued: "From the point of view of Scotland, which voted substantially to remain in the EU, that is what we want to do. We do not want Brexit, this is not for us.

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BBC audience members booed SNP MP Kirsten Oswald (Image: GETTY•YOUTUBE)

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SNP's Kirsten Oswald claimed Boris Johnson has no majority to deliver Brexit in Scotland (Image: YOUTUBE)

"We are European, we are pleased to be European and that’s exactly how we wish to Remain."

Boris Johnson has repeatedly shot down requests from Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to authorise a new independence referendum to allow Scotland to decide whether to remain or quit the UK before the election.

But following the vote, Scottish Secretary Alistair Jack said the Prime Minister would give "careful consideration" to Ms Sturgeon's plea to be given the power to call Scots back to the poll in 2020.

The SNP leader argued her party secured the mandate required to have a new referendum after winning 48 out of the 59 Westminster seats available to Scotland.

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Boris Johnson won an 80-seat majority in the general election on December 12 (Image: GETTY)

Speaking to BBC Good Morning Scotland on Friday, Mr Jack said: "He has received a letter and he is going to give it careful consideration, and will reply in the new year.

"The result of the general election was 55 percent of the votes cast were cast for parties that backed the union – 45 percent were for separatists parties and that's no different to what happened five years ago, in 2014.

"The desire to support separatists parties has not increased over five years and for that reason we believe that the numbers dictate Scotland should remain part of the United Kingdom and we should look after the people, the majority of people, who democratically cast their votes to stay part of the United Kingdom."

A document containing Ms Sturgeon’s arguments and draft legislation to transfer powers has been sent to Boris Johnson on Thursday.


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Boris Johnson is believed to be planning to answer Nicola Sturgeon in the new year (Image: GETTY)

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Nicola Sturgeon has demanded to be given the power to hold a new referendum (Image: EXPRESS.CO.UK)

In a response in the Commons after receiving the document, Boris Johnson said that division had “poisoned” public life, and ruled out giving permission for another referendum.

The Prime Minister said: “It was Nicola Sturgeon herself who said that the referendum in 2014 was once in a generation.

"I feel the Scottish National Party should concentrate more on delivering the domestic priorities of the people of Scotland and rather less on breaking up our United Kingdom.”

An online petition calling for support for an independent Scotland, which was launched during the SNP conference earlier this year, has hit 500,000 signatures in the wake of the general election.

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