Brexit de­bate ‘should in­clude Ni­cola Stur­geon’

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BBC bosses have been told broad­cast­ing a TV Brexit de­bate with just Theresa May and Jeremy Cor­byn would be a “se­vere dere­lic­tion” of the broad­caster’s pub­lic re­spon­si­bil­ity.

SNP de­pute leader Keith Brown has writ­ten to di­rec­tor­gen­eral Lord Hall ques­tion­ing the ex­clu­sion of Scot­tish First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon from the pro­gramme.

Ms Stur­geon has al­ready sug­gested it would be it would be an “ab­so­lute trav­esty of democ­racy” if the de­bate takes place with­out in­clud­ing some­one to make the case for re­main­ing in the Eu­ro­pean Union. In his let­ter to Lord Hall, Mr Brown said the is­sue was be­ing “dis­cussed with the First Min­is­ter’s chief of staff at present”.

The SNP deputy leader said the party was told it could not be given the de­tails for the pro­gramme. A spokes­woman for the BBC said it would an­swer the let­ter in due course.

Scot­land’s First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon has crit­i­cised the BBC for con­sid­er­ing a de­bate on Brexit with­out a pro-Re­main voice

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