A BBC Scotland reporter has provoked anger after dismissing a key Brexit vote in the Scottish parliament as “meaningless”.
Andrew Kerr made the comment on the Politics Scotland programme where he was describing the anticipated coming together of the SNP, Labour, Greens and Lib Dems against Theresa May’s Brexit plan.
Responding to colleague Gordon Brewer, who had dismissed Holyrood saying it didn’t matter how MSPs voted, Kerr aimed a jibe at the Scottish parliament saying: “We’re having the meaningful vote on Tuesday at Westminster and [the Holyrood vote] has been dubbed by some critics, particularly the Conservatives, as the meaningless vote.”
Social media users hit out at what they saw as disrespect towards their own parliament by the two BBC Scotland colleagues.
One said: “This is the normal approach for the BBC. Utterly disgusting”
Another added: “Framing by Brewer at the top of the item is followed by Kerr’s perfect positioning of a Conservative soundbite. That’s the BBC in Scotland’s way of winning back trust there.”
The vote, whilst not having any power beyond the Scottish parliament, represents its will. The SNP has argued that Scotland’s voice should be heard in the Brexit negotiations and have urged Theresa May to ditch her current plan.