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That's all from the BBC News at Six, so it's goodbye from me -


Tonight on Reporting Scotland, we are live at Westminster


on the day MPs approved a snap general election.


If it is right that the people here have a vote on the future of the


country, why isn't it right that the Scottish people have a vote? Now is


the time for an election because it will strengthen our hand on a vote


on Brexit. It is time for second Scottish independence referendum was


it will weaken our hand in negotiations on Brexit.


The First Minister's group of 54 SNP MPs abstained in the vote,


but it still passed with an overwhelming majority.


So we'll be bringing you the latest action and reaction


And from the green rolling hills of the Borders,


Good evening from Westminster, where MPs are - three years


earlier than expected - preparing once again


A UK general election will be held on the 8th June after MPs backed


the Prime Minister's call for a snap poll.


The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, made the Scottish National Party's


initial election pitch here this morning, before MPs had even voted


on the Conservative government's plans for that June election.


And, when it came to the vote on that issue this afternoon,


Here's our Westminster Correspondent, Nick Eardley.


It started, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon was quick off the mark


today, setting out her party's electoral pitch. Only the SNP stands


between Scotland and an increasingly hardline Tory government. She


offered to work with other parties to try and keep the Conservatives


out of government and argue that an SNP win in Scotland would mean the


case against another independent vote... When the time is right will


crumble to dust. In 2015 her party won 56 Scotland's 59 seats. I will


be leading a campaign to return each and every one of the constituencies


be leading a campaign to return each to the SNP that we won in 2015 and


have a go at the other free as well. Winning both 56 seats will be a huge


challenge. Ruth Davidson has predicted that we have hit the peak


challenge. Ruth Davidson has and the only way is down. Hello! All


smiles as the campaign begins. But there is a long road ahead. The


Prime Minister hopes to be smiling, too, come June the night. She wants


your backing for her Brexit plans for government, she said offering...


A chance to have a general election to secure the strong and stable


leadership the country needs to see us through Brexit and beyond. But


she has faced claims of hypocrisy for saying that an independent vote


would be a distraction but calling an election in response. It will


strengthen our hand in the negotiations on Brexit, but now is


not the time for a second Scottish independence referendum was it will


weaken our hand in negotiations on Brexit. The SNP and Conservatives


argue that it is a straight battle between them in Scotland but others


want your vote as well. The Lib Dems will speak for people in Scotland


who want Scotland in the UK and the UK engage with the EU. We want to


send a message that we don't want another independence referendum and


a message to the Prime Minister that we don't want a Tory hard Brexit


Ozturk a large majority of MPs backed an early election. SNP MPs


abstained. And so, for the next seven weeks, there will be arguments


from across the political spectrum about policy, about Brexit, about


the future of the UK and Scotland. Let's talk live with the SNP's


deputy leader, Angus Robertson, who leads the party at Westminster. Your


MPs abstained on this question this afternoon. Why couldn't you make up


your mind whether you were for or against an election? We are in


favour of an election, just not for fiddling around with the legislation


of the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act. We were not going to give the Prime


Minister a blank cheque. But there is now going to be a general


election and in Scotland it will be a straight contest between the SNP


and the Tories, and I think most mainstream people in Scotland, when


they are going to look for a party that will stand up for Scotland or a


party that will pursue a hard, damaging Brexit, will vote SNP. It


is either Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn for Prime Minister. Who would


you prefer? It is going to be disastrous for the Labour Party,


which is why the Prime Minister has called an early election, so the


question for us is whether we are going to sign a blank cheque and let


the Prime Minister get on with what she wants to do or whether we are


going to send people to Westminster to stand up for Scotland, to oppose


austerity and make sure that our ability to make decisions for


ourselves is protected. I am confident that the SNP will defeat


the Tories in Scotland. In terms of the UK picture, the First Minister


has raised the possibility of working in some kind of alliance


with Labour and other parties, if that could keep the Tories out.


Tonight, Jeremy Corbyn appeared to rule out doing any business with


your party. Frankly, he's ruling out the prospect of running the


election. I don't think anybody seriously believes Labour will win


the election. We are happy to work with other parties try and get a


progressive alliance if the maths stats, but it's unlikely that it


will. At this stage, given that the election campaign has only just


started, I think we should start off on the right foot by embracing the


opportunity to properly debate the issues in the run-up to polling day,


and that is why I think an emerging issue we are hearing about is the


fact that the Tories are not prepared to debate with the other


party leaders, and I think we will hear more about that in the next


weeks. Two years ago, you campaigned for what you called for financial


responsibility for Scotland. Since then, the First Minister has


demanded another referendum on independence. When you have a


specific commitment to a second referendum in your manifesto? There


is more than a demand about a referendum. The people of Scotland


gave the Scottish Government a mandate in the Scottish Parliament


elections, and since then the Scottish Parliament has voted in


favour of there being an independence referendum. Just as I


think the Prime Minister has made a U-turn on the timing of a general


election, I expect she will U-turn and we will have a referendum in


Scotland, given that that is what people voted for. Thank you very


much. Our political editor,


Brian Taylor, casts a wry glance Now, in politics, these are pretty


troubled, confusing times. I thought I'd try and take things back to the


roots. Over the next few weeks or so, you might find it handy to have


a clove of garlic ready to keep those canvassers away. What I really


want to do is quote that great Scottish sage, the movie ogre Shrek,


who reminded us that onions have layers. So, too, do elections. The


first layer is the constituency. This isn't a presidential contest.


These are Westminster Parliamentary elections. You are directly electing


a constituency MP, your local champion. Secondly, the UK


Government and you are selecting indirectly a tenant for this house.


You are choosing a UK Cabinet in overall control of the economy. Both


sides say, alongside institutional turmoil, there must be an emphasis


on growth and jobs. Focus on the economy, on telling us exactly what


the government is going to do to create an environment that business


can actually grow and invest in. That should be the priority. It's


about jobs, investment and infrastructure for business. A focus


on the policies that matter to people in their daily lives. It


should be about the quality of employment, the fact that too many


people are in a precarious work, with low paid, they don't have


access to quality public services, and those people work in public


services are struggling to provide quality services. Layer three,


Brexit. Theresa May once support for her for long version of quitting the


EU. She wants a bigger majority, to steer that through Parliament. The


proponents want variously to challenge her, either thwarting


proponents want variously to Brexit altogether, defending the


single market or seeking a Scottish deal. And there is independence. The


Tories hope that a bigger vote for them in Scotland would ease the


pressure for a referendum. By contrast, the SNP give primary focus


to countering Conservative austerity and a hard Brexit. They insist they


already have a Holyrood mandate for a referendum, but they say a big


vote for them would reinforce that, meaning that the Tory opposition


would crumble to dust. But of course there is another thing to bear in


mind when you are unappealing the layers of an onion. It could all end


in tears. I'm joined by the Secretary of State


for Scotland, David Mundell. Now is not time for the renewed debate


about independence, so why on earth is it time for a general election?


They are completely different propositions. What Theresa May has


brought forward is a short, sharp election, a six-week campaign in


order to allow their to be a five-year Parliament during which


the Brexit negotiations, transition, five-year Parliament during which


implementation can take place, to give maximum certainty and stability


and flexibility in those negotiations. The proposal for an


independence referendum is to have a divisive referendum campaign right


in the middle of these unprecedented negotiations. That isn't acceptable,


and it's not acceptable that, in such a referendum, people in


Scotland would not be able to have a clear idea of what they were voting


on. If the SNP win the election in Scotland and finish with the largest


number of seats, doesn't that give them a renewed mandate to push for


that referendum? This is a UK wide election. The decision of the people


of Scotland in 2014 was to remain part of the UK, and therefore


elections for the UK Parliament across the whole UK. If the SNP


continue to campaign in relation to a referendum, they will face a very


robust campaign from Ruth Davidson and my Conservative colleagues


saying no to another referendum, and standing up for Scotland's place in


the UK. The SNP say, in the event that they win most seats in


Scotland, the Prime Minister's opposition to a second referendum


would crumble. Suddenly, she has had a dramatic change of mind on the


issue of a general election. If she can change her mind on this, why


should we believe any of her other commitments? She made it clear that


this was a difficult decision but made in the national interest in the


context of the Brexit negotiations. It has become clear that a general


election in 2020 would cut across the Brexit process, the negotiation


process, bringing uncertainty to that, and the implementation,


transition and moving forward with the Brexit field. That is why she


has changed her mind. She has been clear about why she has done it. And


everybody's interests, people across the UK, is to get the best possible


deal from these negotiations, so everybody should be coming together


to ensure that is achieved. ... David Mundell, Secretary of State


for Scotland, thank you. So, to that campaign and the battle


for your votes to come. What is on your mind


and how will you decide where to mark your cross


on the ballot paper? Cameron Buttle reports


from Scotland's most marginal seat. This is called Scots view, because


it was said to have been Scots' favourite views of the Scottish


borders, and it is in the heart of the Berwickshire Roxburgh and


Selkirk constituency, which covers a huge swathe of southern Scotland,


from the west right over to the east. All of that is the battle


ground for the closest fight in Scotland. And that includes places


like Hoyke, Galashiels, and Kelso, where it is the talk of the town. I


think public transport is a big issue here because it has been cut


so badly. And the NHS. If I could get rid of this independence


argument, that would be a wee help. But that isn't going to happen.


Undecided. Whether devout Scotland to go on their own or just stay. I


don't know if she's running scared a little bit. So you are going to go


SNP? Yes. In one shape or another, this constituency was Liberal


Democrat -- Liberal Democrats the decade but, in 2015, the SNP swept


through the Borders. Callander took the seat by 328 votes. Second place


went to the Scottish Conservatives. Michael Moore for the Lib Dems was


knocked into third, but he still got more than 10,000 votes. The question


is, what will happen to those votes? Is interesting. Brexit will come


into it. 60% voted to remain in Europe. 66% voted to remain in the


UK. It's a mixed message, a mixed message going out to the Tories. I


would imagine the Tories will be expecting to wrestle it away from


the SNP. That is the key votes. Labour has never had a big showing


down here, although they do have their voters. But some of them are


thinking hard about what they are going to do. Here, I voted Labour,


but people -- labour will never get involved but you wouldn't think


about tactical voting? No. Unless I thought the Tories would get an


extra seat. There are around 75,000 votes to fight for in this


constituency. It doesn't get any tighter.


but now it's over to the studio in Glasgow, where Catriona Shearer


Police Scotland say officers have "no authority" to arrest


a suspect who is the subject of an Interpol alert.


Harris Binotti is being sought by authorities in Myanmar,


They want to question him about the death of another British


Both men had been working as teachers there.


Mr Binotti left Myanmar the day before Mr Ferguson's body


According to newspaper reports, Mr Binotti has


The funeral of the millionaire car magnate Sir Arnold


He began his business in the 1950s, and became Britain's richest car


trader, selling 200,000 vehicles a year.


The private service was held at Glasgow Cathedral.


The Scottish Conservatives say they want to be a "national" party


again as they launched their manifesto for


As a general election also looms, they're standing firmly


against a second independence referendum, while also appealing


for what they call a "decade of SNP centralisation" to be reversed.


Our political correspondent Andrew Kerr has more.


The Conservative leader is not in the mood for mending fences. Ruth


Davidson is wanting to break new ground. Hopeful out what these new


electoral challenges may bring for the party. We are always happy to


serve as the community! She's attempting to give the Conservatives


a new look, as she helped with the refurbishment of this


a new look, as she helped with the children's Centre. They are opposed


to a second independence referendum, a key plank in the campaign. But


they also want to reverse what they call as a decade of SNP


centralisation. We are all about local democracy, we would be leaving


local democracy, the SNP believes the opposite. They do not trust


councils but we do. We want to hand power back to councils, and


communities, so that they can make their own areas flourish. Localism


for growth is the main theme of the campaign. Handing power back


includes having directly elected provost 's, competitive taxation to


encourage growth with councils keeping more revenue, and a


significant focus on education, with a pledge to extend childcare to more


disadvantaged one and two-year-olds. This local goblet election is hugely


important to the Scottish Conservatives and I want there to be


a Scottish representative in every community so we are truly national


again and so people can see our strength, and that we are the only


people capable of taking on the SNP in the election one month later.


They want more of Scotland painted blue, ultimately trying to look like


an alternative Scottish Government. So the Conservatives are set for


this election on the 4th of May, with the local campaign in the fall


swing. But all eyes are on the main prize. The 8th of June, the general


election. Andrew Kerr, BBC reporting Scotland,


Edinburgh. And in Rugby, just two Scots have


made it into the British and Irish Lions squad for the summer


tour of New Zealand. Full back Stuart Hogg and winger


Tommy Seymour are head coach Warren Gatland's only Scottish


selections in his 41 man squad. More from our sports


reporter David Currie... Two lions and a shirt, like the one


these Glasgow boys will be wearing on the Lions tour of New Zealand in


the summer. No wonder their faces are gleaming... I'm chuffed to be


going to New Zealand. It's hard to sum up. There's been a lot of


speculation in the last few weeks as to who is going and who is not.


Since my name was read out today, I'm massively excited for the next


few weeks ahead. It is amazing, an amazing feeling. A really proud


moment for me and my family, when things like that happen. As everyone


described it, it is a things like that happen. As everyone


once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing. After a successful 6 Nations tour


where Scotland won three of their five matches, including wins over


Wales and Ireland, there was disappointment as well. After all,


there are 11 Irish and 12 Welsh players in the squad. To have two in


this stage, that's very disappointing. I thought one of the


brothers may have gone. Schwartzman, Finn Russell, if you look at those


selecting it, they have gone with who they know. The Welshman and the


Englishman, they have gone with who they know and who they trust.


Selection is a matter of opinion. I slightly disagree but that is what


makes it interesting. This will be a physically demanding tour, with ten


matches being played in just about five weeks, including three tests


against the world champions New five weeks, including three tests


Zealand. That means injuries and further call ups are inevitable.


With Scotland on tour in Australia, while the Lions are in New Zealand,


Scotland players may make handy stand-bys! David Currie, Reporting


Scotland, Murrayfield. Now let's get the


forecast from Chris. Good evening, spells of sunshine


around for many of us today, the morning cloud clearing away, and the


sun coming out. A second batch of cloud comes in from the West.


Sunshine at 16 degrees. Tonight, fairly cloudy for most of us, as


cloudy weather in the West spreads eastwards. Dry for most because


there will be some spots of rain. This cold front is in the West. For


western coastal areas and perhaps towards the Southern uplands spots


of rain, mist and murk to go with it. For many of us, dry and cloudy.


And mild once again. Temperatures in towns and cities no lower than 6-8 .


To begin the day tomorrow, a cloudy start with some spots of rain across


western areas. Heavy rain towards the Northern Isles, windy from the


West. Rain moves away from the Shetlands, lingering in Orkney. In


the West, drizzle and light rain off and on for a good part of the day


but further east it is largely dry and largely cloudy. It will be a


milder day tomorrow compared to today. In the West were cloud and


drizzle is, stunted somewhat. In the north-east, 17 degrees. Brightness


coming through, that's in the east. From Peterhead southwards to the


Borders. Heavy rain across Orkney lingers for most of the day. The


Shetlands are brightening. The rest of the afternoon and into the


evening and overnight it is cloudy again, wet weather intensifies a


touch across the North West. This weather front moves in as we head


into Friday. High pressure is tantalisingly close but that weather


front will produce some wet weather for us. On Friday, cloudy without


bricks of rain moving southwards. Northwards, bright weather but


cooling down. It will feel chilly with strengthening north westerly


breezes as well. That's the forecast for now.


Nobody from the Labour Party joining for the moment - now back


Nobody from the Labour Party joining us at Westminster this evening, no


audio was available, but the former Scottish Secretary for the Liberal


Democrats is here. I'm a bit confused, your party insisted that


we should have a fixed term parliament but you voted


enthusiastically for an early election here today. Context is


everything, the fixed term parliament 's act gives the right to


MPs to dissolve Parliament, it was not to be held in the power of the


Prime Minister, that has happened here today. It is not what we


necessarily -- where we would necessarily have wanted to be but I


think she may have done it for cynical reasons, we need a general


election and we are up for this fight. You will try and use this


election to overturn the vote in the referendum on Brexit. What we will


be using the election for is to put the case for a sensible Brexit, one


that rejects Theresa May's hardest possible Brexit, which would take us


out of the single market and the customs union. We believe there are


better ways where we can engage with the EU in future, and when we have


that deal, at that stage, the deal which is structured be put to the


people in a referendum. The people which is structured be put to the


started this and they should finish it. Alistair Carmichael for the


Liberal Democrats, thank you. Final thought from our Westminster


correspondence David Porcher. How do you think this contest will shape up


in the next 50 days? After the shock of yesterday, the nitty-gritty today


with legislation going through to allow their to be a general


election. Different campaigns in different parts of the UK. England,


essentially, will have a campaign about Brexit and leadership that


Jeremy Corbyn has said he wants to do no deals with other parties. In


Scotland, that inevitably will be put through the constitutional


question and a second referendum. Politicians may say they don't want


to discuss it at the moment but by the end of the seven weeks, that is


exactly what we will have done in the end of the seven weeks, that is


Scotland. David, thank you. the end of the seven weeks, that is


Thank you to all of my guests here at at Westminster on a historic day.


MPs voted overwhelmingly 522-13 to have an early general election. We


know the Prime Minister Theresa May intense debate to go ahead on the


8th of June in just 58 days' time. There's a lot of campaigning to take


place between now and then, plenty more debate across the BBC but from


all of us here at Westminster, enjoy the rest of your evening. Good




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