Dugdale can see why No voters could swap sides
Former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has said she can “understand” why a no-deal Brexit could lead “many” former No voters to back independence.
Ms Dugdale insisted she personally would never back Scotland leaving the UK. But she said she could “understand and fully respect” why some of those who had voted for Scotland to stay in the Union in 2014 might reconsider their ballot.
The Labour MSP, who had previously said it was “not inconceivable” she would support independence if it would secure Scotland’s status as part of the European Union, acknowledged she had got herself “into a bit of trouble on this issue from time to time”.
She spoke out as the issue of whether Britain leaving the EU without a deal would result in a second vote on Scottish independence was discussed on the BBC’S Question Time programme, which was broadcast from Holyrood’s debating chamber.
She said: “A no-deal Brexit won’t change my mind but I understand why it would change so many others, because there is no good Brexit, there is no jobs-first Brexit.
“People are really worried right now and we have to do everything we can to stop Brexit.”