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…