The veteran TV presenter turned embroiled in a debate which lasted days on Twitter on the problem of Scottish independence and Scotland rejoining the European Union. Mr Neil was nonetheless debating with on-line customers two days after the controversy began. He responded to an preliminary tweet put out by an independence campaigner on August 22 who claimed Boris Johnson’s Authorities had been “totally bricking it over shedding Scotland by way of Indyref2”.
The campaigner stated Westminster had “no thought the right way to reverse not simply polls however a robust development” and had resorted to “attacking the franchise, legitimacy, time and wording” of the independence marketing campaign.
The person added: “Dissolve the Union to regain Scottish independence.”
Mr Neil requested the campaigner “What is going to your forex be?” and acquired a flurry of replies from independence supporters.
The presenter, who’s within the operating for the function of BBC chairman, ripped aside many solutions put ahead.
One other Twitter consumer challenged Mr Neil, saying: “Wow… it appears like Mr Neil thinks that solely England can fathom the complexities of forex.
“I keep in mind an ex-colony Cyprus as an illustration operating its personal forex CYP it was, and it was greater in worth per pound than GBP.
“I do not assume the Scots concern naming a bit of paper.”
The journalist stated that after Cyprus gained independence it went for its personal forex and has since adopted the euro.
He questioned whether or not Scottish independence supporters would reasonably see a Scottish forex in place or the euro in circulation above the border, as many put ahead opposing solutions to his query.The Twitter debate got here after the previous director-general for devolution, Professor Jim Gallagher, stated the coronavirus pandemic has sunk the financial case for an unbiased Scotland.
Gallagher stated: “Scotland begins, structurally, from a weaker place. Its deficit will likely be much more staggering, in all probability properly over 25 p.c of gross home product.
“That’s like borrowing the entire finances of the Scottish parliament in a single 12 months.
“No small nation by itself may maintain that.
“The onerous truths on jobs can’t simply be waved away with fantasy fiscal insurance policies.”