Dugdale can see why No vot­ers could swap sides

The Scotsman - - News Digest - By KATRINE BUSSEY

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.”

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