First min­is­ter con­fi­dent Labour leader would ap­prove indyref2

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Ni­cola Sturgeon is to de­mand the power to stage a sec­ond Scot­tish in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum just days af­ter next month’s gen­eral elec­tion – with the first min­is­ter say­ing she be­lieves Jeremy Cor­byn will agree to grant it.

The SNP leader said she wants Scots to “demon­strate the de­sire” for in­de­pen­dence by vot­ing for her party, adding that op­po­si­tion to an­other ref­er­en­dum is not sus­tain­able.

When asked at an elec­tion rally in Leith, Ed­in­burgh, whether she be­lieves Labour would grant a Sec­tion 30 Or­der to en­able a vote on Scot­tish in­de­pen­dence, Ms Sturgeon an­swered em­phat­i­cally: “Yes.”

Ex­plain­ing her con­fi­dence, she added: “I’m a be­liever in the power of democ­racy.”

She said she would in­ter­pret a strong SNP re­sult at the elec­tion as an en­dorse­ment for an­other ref­er­en­dum, and urged “savvy” vot­ers to back her party “to make sure Scot­land’s voice is heard” – even if they are in favour of the Union.

“If peo­ple in Scot­land demon­strate the de­sire, as I be­lieve they will in this elec­tion, for an in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum, then I don’t be­lieve West­min­ster op­po­si­tion to the prin­ci­ple or to the timetable to that will prove to be sus­tain­able,” she said.

While Ms Sturgeon has held talks with Mr Cor­byn re­cently, she re­vealed they did not dis­cuss the is­sue of in­de­pen­dence.

“I met with him last week – that was the most re­cent oc­ca­sion – and that was about Brexit and the prospects, as they were then, of an elec­tion,” she said.

“I don’t think Jeremy Cor­byn is un­der any il­lu­sions, though, about my po­si­tion around in­de­pen­dence and a ref­er­en­dum.”

Ms Sturgeon said she would send a let­ter “be­fore Christ­mas” to who­ever is in 10 Down­ing Street re­quest­ing pow­ers un­der Sec­tion 30 of the Scot­land Act 1998 to grant the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment pow­ers to hold an­other vote.

Scot­tish Lib­eral Demo­crat leader Wil­lie Ren­nie ac­cused Labour of be­ing will­ing to grant an­other ref­er­en­dum, while he said the Con­ser­va­tives are “propos­ing a bor­der down the mid­dle of the Ir­ish Sea”.

He said: “Scot­land doesn’t need an­other in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum.

“Scot­tish Lib­eral Democrats are the only ones who can be trusted to stand up for the Union.”

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