How SNP ‘can earn a new ref­er­en­dum’

Daily Mail - - Election 2017 - By Daniel Martin

A VIC­TORY for the SNP north of the bor­der on June 8 would be a ‘triple lock’ that should guar­an­tee a sec­ond in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum, Ni­cola Stur­geon said last night.

Scot­land’s first min­is­ter warned Theresa May it would be ‘demo­crat­i­cally un­sus­tain­able’ for her to block a sec­ond vote if the SNP wins most Scot­tish MPs.

She re­peated her de­mand for a ref­er­en­dum at the end of the Brexit process, ex­pected to be around March 2019, as she un­veiled her party’s man­i­festo yes­ter­day.

Launch­ing the pol­icy doc­u­ment in Perth, Miss Stur­geon said Scot­land must have a choice about its fu­ture af­ter the de­tails of the deal with the EU are known. She claimed an SNP vic­tory would re­in­force a dou­ble man­date she said had been cre­ated by the SNP emerg­ing as the largest party in last year’s Holy­rood elec­tion, and a re­cent Scot­tish Par­lia­ment vote for an­other ref­er­en­dum.

But Mrs May has said it is not the time for an­other in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum, sug­gest­ing a vote should not take place be­fore 2020.

It comes a day af­ter Jeremy Cor­byn said he would ‘open dis­cus­sions’ with the SNP about a ref­er­en­dum within days of gain­ing the keys to Num­ber 10. Last night Tory chair­man Pa­trick McLough­lin said: ‘The SNP and Jeremy Cor­byn are get­ting ready to do a deal to prop him up as prime min­is­ter, in re­turn for a sec­ond in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum.’

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