SNP leader blasts claims

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Nicola Stur­geon has hit back at claims SNP MPS are only vot­ing against the prime min­is­ter’s Brexit agree­ment in the hope the “chaos” of no deal will help bring about a sec­ond in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum.

Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tive in­terim leader Jack­son Car­law urged the first min­is­ter to get be­hind the draft With­drawal Agree­ment drawn up by Theresa May, in­sist­ing it is “the only deal on the ta­ble”.

Sup­port­ing the deal “de­liv­ers an or­derly exit, pro­tects jobs”, and also gives fish­er­men in Scot­land “more con­trol of our wa­ters than we’ve had for half a cen­tury”, he said. He claimed the SNP will vote against this at West­min­ster on De­cem­ber 11 in the hope it will de­liver “more chaos, more up­heaval and all in the hope that it will de­liver her ob­ses­sion with a sec­ond in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum”.

Ms Stur­geon said yes­ter­day it was the Tories who were “ex­ploit­ing” the is­sue, how­ever, to “avoid hard ques­tions on Brexit”.

Re­spond­ing at First Min­ster’s Ques­tions, she said: “He talks about the SNP us­ing Brexit to ad­vance the case for in­de­pen­dence – let me say to him Brexit does that all by it­self, it doesn’t need any help from the SNP.”

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