Labour would need to back independence vote for SNP support – Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon has told Jeremy Corbyn “don’t even bother picking up the phone” to ask the SNP to support a Labour government unless he backs an independence vote.

Scotland’s First Minister was asked if she would consider a coalition with Labour in the event of a general election that saw it emerge as the largest party, but without an overall majority.

The SNP leader said she would favour a “progressive type of alliance” if the Tories were ousted from power.

She told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “But I say this to Jeremy Corbyn or any Westminster leader who’s looking to the SNP for support, if you don’t accept Scotland’s right to choose our own future at a time of our own choosing, don’t even bother picking up the phone to me.”

Mr Corbyn has previously stated a second Scottish independence referendum would not take place in the “formative years” of a Labour government.

The leader said the focus would be on dealing with Brexit, ending austerity and tackling climate change.

But he added: “If at some future point there was a legitimate and fresh mandate, we wouldn’t block it.”

Opposition parties have insisted they want to ensure a Brexit extension before agreeing to the Prime Minister’s demand for an early poll.

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