The caller, introduced as George, demanded clarification on the uncertainty Scottish independence would bring to the nation’s fishing waters. Many fishermen backed Brexit so the UK could take back control of its waters from EU boats. But Ms Sturgeon’s solution was to campaign for reforms to the Common Fisheries Policy, despite the UK already failing to find a compromise within the CFP.
Scotland’s First Minister slammed the Conservative Party for selling a “con” regarding the fishing industry to the British public.
George asked: “Will an independent Scotland remain in the common fisheries policy?
“Baring in mind a nation that does not control its own waters is not independent or sovereign.”
Ms Sturgeon replied: “The SNP has argued against the common fisheries policies for almost the entirety of its existence.
“We have put forward proposals for reform of the common fisheries policy and we would continue to do that if we were in the European Union.
“We do believe it is important to have greater control over Scottish waters but we also know that it is important and this is where I think the whole Brexit argument falls down.
“The fishing industry and communities are being in many respects sold a con by the Conservatives.”
She continued: “Because yes, control over our own waters, being able to land more fish is important but being able to process the fish is important.
“Having the people to work in our fish process as many of whom come from other European countries.
“What is your number one priority?”
Scotland’s First Minister replied: “I’m not sure if you’re asking me in terms of what I think it’s more important or what I think the order would be.”
She then added: “I want to stop Brexit, I want to stop Brexit for the whole of the UK.
“I’m not in charge of that for the whole of the UK but I think Brexit is a monumental mistake so I favour a second referendum on the Brexit question to give people that opportunity.”