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SNP will support Labour govt for second referendum powers

According to the SNP’s Westminster leader, Ian Blackford, the SNP would only support the formation of a Labour minority government if they were given the power to hold another referendum on Scottish independence.

Speaking to the BBC’s Sunday Politics Scotland, Blackford said the SNP would not enter into a coalition with Labour but would be willing to work with the party on a “progressive basis.”

This means the SNP would not enter into any formal arrangement but would likely adopt a “confidence and supply” arrangement, similar to the one agreed between Theresa May’s government and the DUP.

In order to arrange a referendum, parliament would have to approve a Section 30 order. 

This would give Holyrood the legal power to hold a referendum.

Responding to this, Blackford said that Corbyn would have to respect “democracy” and insisted: “We have that mandate there. If the people in a Westminster election reinforce that by voting for the SNP, he has to respect that it should be the Scottish Parliament that determines when a referendum is called – not a government in Westminster.

"It is absolutely the case that everything that was seen going on at Westminster demonstrates that the people of Scotland have got to have the right to determine their own future – that means we have to have that Section 30 sitting in the hands of the Scottish parliament.”

Later in the interview, Blackford also outlined opposition plans to try and prevent a no-deal Brexit. 

Blackford confirmed that opposition parties would “seize control of the order paper” if the government refuses to comply with the Benn Act.

Expanding on this, Blackford said: “There are mechanisms that we can put in place. I apologise and you’ll appreciate that I don’t want to go into details on that today but we’ve gamed out all of this and we know exactly how we can do that.”


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Authored by

George Salmon
Political Editor
@theparlreview
October 07 2019

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