The Jeremy Vine show has been blasted on social media after making a series of comments about the prospect of Scotland becoming independent. 

Panellists were discussing Boris Johnson's campaign to become Prime Minister amid reports that if he did become prime minister support for independence could surge.

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A Panelbase survey published last week showed that support for independence would be 53% if Johnson becomes Prime Minister.  

However, the comments made on the show have been branded as 'patronising' and disrespectful towards Scotland.

Paul Burrell, Princess Diana’s former butler, who appeared on the show says the report on a surge in Scottish independence if Boris became PM is “food” for Nicola Sturgeon

He said: “She [Sturgeon] would love to read this morning, that Scotland will have devolution. 

HeraldScotland: Paul Burrell on the Jeremy Vine show Paul Burrell on the Jeremy Vine show

“I think that the United Kingdom is stronger together than they are apart.

“I mean, for goodness sake, Scotland, by itself? How’s it going survive? It has …what does it have?... oil, and a monster in a lake, and... whisky.”

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Following his comments, glamour model Nicola McLean, who was also on the panel, added "Irn-Bru" into the list of things Scotland has on its own. 

Burrell also added that breaking up the Commonwealth would 'hurt the Queen' and that he "wouldn't like to see them be detached from the United Kingdom, I think they belong to the United Kingdom and they are better off being part of it."

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The host Vine stated that the debate on independence may simply a desire to have “your country back."


Amy Macdonald hit out at the comments made on the show branding Burrell "patronising". 

SNP MP Stewart McDonald added: "We really should thank @JeremyVineOn5 for providing @YesScot with excellent campaign clips"