An SNP MP has threatened to cancel his TV licence unless the BBC includes party leader Nicola Sturgeon in a televised Brexit debate alongside Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn.
Chris Law MP, who represents Dundee West, is furious at plans by the BBC to restrict a live debate on Brexit to the leaders of the Conservative Party and the Labour Party.
News of the proposal emerged this week when the BBC Press Office issued a statement via twitter announcing plans for the head-to-head.
The official twitter account statement read: “Like everyone else, we’ve just heard the Prime Minister has accepted the BBC’s offer to take part in a debate on the Brexit deal on Sunday 9 December.
“We’re delighted she’s agreed and hope to hear soon from the Labour party.
“We have been discussing debate formats with both parties and will announce further details soon.”
In response, MP Law tweeted: “Time @BBCNewsPR got a grip and started approaching all nations and other parties. UK is not a one nation two party state. I will be cancelling my tv license if #bbc cannot represent its license payers and all of these islands.”
The MP added: “This isn’t about who is the future PM but about a major and irrevocable decision that will change our constitution @BBCNews #bbc.
“Scotland votes 62% to remain and polls show even higher support today for the #eu.
“Therefore there is no possible reason for this debate on a fundamental issue to be by 2 leaders only and does not represent the UK political landscape nor Scotland’s voice.
“The @bbc must do the right thing and reflect the wider views of it license payers & the nations of these islands. There is no excuse to do so otherwise.”
News of the restricted debate plan prompted furious responses from SNP politicians, including First Minister Nicola Sturgeon who accused the broadcaster of ignoring Scotland’s voice.
The First Minister tweeted: “If this or any Brexit TV debate goes ahead without all options – including that of remaining in the EU – being included and given a voice, it will be an absolute travesty of democracy. @BBCNewsPR”
The SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford called the BBC plan “disrespectful” and accused the broadcaster of ignoring the third biggest party at Westminster.
Deputy leader of the SNP, Keith Brown fired off a letter of complaint to the BBC’s Director General Tony Hall in which he accused the corporation of breaking its own editorial guidelines and acting on behalf of Downing Street.
A spokeswoman for the BBC said: “We have received the letter, which we will answer in due course, but we have not set out any debate format at this stage.”