QUESTION TIME: Scottish writer RUBBISHES Chakrabarti’s claims about ‘divisive’ referendums | UK | News

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.

“I personally know of no families that have been divided and…

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