Chain Bridge gang vote for independence

BBC Newsnight broadcasting a special edition live from the Chain Bridge, debating the Scottish independence referendum.
BBC Newsnight broadcasting a special edition live from the Chain Bridge, debating the Scottish independence referendum.

Newsnight Scotland’s independence debate on the Union Chain Bridge produced a ‘yes’ but for some of the voters it was a tentative decision.

The audience was made up of voters who had not yet made up their mind about independence and Deputy First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon and Guardian writer and ‘Yes Scotland’ member Pat Kane worked on persuading the audience to vote ‘yes’, while Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland Margaret Curran, and founder of the Scottish Fashion Awards Tessa Hartmann put forward their reasons for being on the ‘no’ side.

The debate, led by Kirsty Wark, touched on financial independence, Trident, border controls and tax and welfare.

A BBC spokesperson said afterwards: “The shock outcome was a 30-18 win in favour of independence, which contradicts most current opinion polls.”

Rannoch Daly from Coldstream voted in favour of Scottish independence.

Explaining why he reached that decision on the night Rannoch said: “I came to the conclusion that many of the arguments I was hearing were not really arguments about whether there should be a Scottish Parliament but, rather, arguments about what that parliament should do about particular issues in the future; for example, the Trident nuclear submarines at Faslane.

“Having separated out the one question (should there be a Scottish parliament?) from the other (what policies should be pursued there?) I had to think of whether I wanted these future issues, such as Trident, decided by a parliament in London or a parliament in Scotland.

“On balance, at the end of the Newsnight programme, I took the view that a Scottish parliament would be preferable and voted Yes.

“However, the referendum campaign has a year to go and arguments may emerge to convince me that a vote for a London parliament would be the better option.

“It will be an interesting year.”

Barry Forrest from Reston was also in the yes camp, but again he is still not 100 per cent convinced.

“I voted yes, but whether I vote yes on the day I don’t know,” said Barry.

When asked what it was that persuaded him to vote for independence he added: “I spoke to Pat Kane and he said he had travelled a lot and he couldn’t see why if other small countries can cope then why couldn’t Scotland. But there’s a lot to be asked yet.”