How SNP ‘can earn a new referendum’
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.’