James O'Brien is Leading Britain's Conversation.
22 June 2016, 15:29
Salmond Slams "Toxic" EU Referendum Campaign
Alex Salmond insists the EU Referendum campaign has been far more "toxic" than the Scottish independence battle.
Remain's Alex Salmond says both sides are responsible for a dispiriting EU Referendum campaign.
Insisting that this year's campaign has been more negative than the Scottish Independence referendum in 2014, Salmond branded it "toxic".
Iain Dale asked the former First Minister: "A lot of people think this has been a really vicious campaign on both sides. Well, the Scottish referendum was as well, but from your perspective, which has been the most vicious?"
Salmond audibly disagreed with that suggestion.
"I don't accept that for a second.
"This has been a dispiriting campaign...because both sides have been engaged in negativity. The Remain side on the economy, the scaremongering, and the Leave side - disgracefully in my view - on immigration. It's been a pretty poisonous campaign.
"For many people the Scottish referendum was a hugely uplifting experience."
"It hasn't had much humour, but it has been more toxic," suggested Iain.
"I would say it's been a pretty toxic campaign and the responsibility for that should be on the campaign leaders," said Salmond.