George Galloway has challenged Nicola Sturgeon over her quest for Scottish independence, saying the Scottish National Party has "declared a policy which implies rebuilding Hadrian's wall with machine guns."
Yesterday, the Scottish First Minister repeated that Scotland - which voted overwhelmingly for remain in the EU referendum - should remain in the single market after Brexit along with the rest of the UK.
She said independence was "democratically justifiable" in the wake of the vote, and set up a special council to examine all of Scotland's options - including a second referendum.
George Galloway challenged the First Minister to "bring it on" and suggested the UK was a far more democratic institution than the European Union.
Galloway continued: "I say, and I've said it before, the Scottish people have a right to independence. They have a right to an independence referendum any time and as often as they like.
"And I'm saying to Nicola Sturgeon: bring it on, because your policy can only bring strife and trouble at a time when we don't need either between Scotland and the rest of Britain.
"A Scottish National party that says it doesn't want a hard border with England has just declared a policy that necessitates - for reasons of smuggling, immigration, national security - and implies nothing less than a rebuilding of Hadrian's wall with machine guns.
"You couldn't get a harder border than the border that will be required if Nicola Sturgeon proceeds with her plan."