Report: Scottish independence referendum debate from Greenock

Key points

  • The first in a series of BBC Scotland television debates, ahead of the Scottish independence referendum, came from Greenock.
  • On the panel: Actor Sanjeev Kohli, deputy Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar, Scottish Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop and journalist Alex Massie.
  • On 18 September, voters go to the polls when they will be asked the yes/no question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?"

Live text

Reporting:

  • Andrew Black 
  • Doug Kennedy 
  • Jamie Ross 
  • Louise Sayers 

Last updated 20 January 2014

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Good evening and welcome to coverage of the first in a series of BBC debates ahead of the 18 September Scottish independence referendum.

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Debate stage

Tonight's programme, from Greenock in Inverclyde, is broadcast on BBC Two Scotland at 21:00. It features a panel made up of actor Sanjeev Kohli, deputy Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar, Scottish Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop and journalist Alex Massie.

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Get involved in the debate by e-mailing your comments to referendumdebate@bbc.co.uk or by using the Twitter hashtag #bbcindyref

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The first question from the studio audience comes from Jim Watson, who asks: "Would removing Trident leave Scotland open to attack?"

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Fiona Hyslop

Fiona Hyslop says no. She says nuclear weapons are not what Scotland needs.

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Edward Kelly

#bbcindyref We dont need #Trident this money could be invested in thousands of job opportunities for the unemployed, lets get rid of WMDs.

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Anas Sarwar says the Trident issue goes to the heart of the incoherence of the SNP argument for independence. He asks how the SNP can favour membership of Nato, a nuclear alliance, when they want rid of nuclear weapons.

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Sanjeev Kohli says he's "swithering" on independence, but says when it comes to Trident, he swithers towards "Yes".

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Alex Massie argues the removal of Trident is a non-issue in the independence debate.

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The Saint

tweets: Good point. Trident is such a non issue in the #indyref