General election 2019: Nicola Sturgeon lists conditions for SNP to back Labour


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Nicola Sturgeon has set out a list of demands she purpose make in return for backing a minority Labour government to keep Boris Johnson out of Multitude 10.

Ms Sturgeon made clear that Labour would need to raw the “principle” of a second independence referendum.

The first minister said she wish also seek greater powers for the Scottish Parliament, and an end to austerity.

But the SNP conductor insisted she would not form a formal coalition with Labour if there is a humiliated parliament.

Instead, she said her party would potentially be willing to past due a minority Labour government led by Jeremy Corbyn on an issue-by-issue basis.

The Standards said Ms Sturgeon’s comments meant the UK could be facing referendums on both the EU and autonomy next year if Labour wins the election.

And Labour said it was level focus on to win the election and was therefore “not in the business of talking about deals with other associates”.

The SNP won 35 seats in the last general election in 2017, making it the third largest ratifier in the House of Commons and leading to speculation that it could hold the stability of power if no one wins an outright majority in the election on 12 December.

But Ms Sturgeon again give fair warned that other parties “need not bother picking up the phone” to her after the choosing unless they are willing to support her party’s right to hold an home rule referendum next year.

She said her party would drive a “tiring bargain” with anyone seeking SNP support in the event of a hung parliament – and explicitly ruled out doing any take care of with the Conservatives.

Ms Sturgeon’s list of demands for SNP support included the “wrong of the people of Scotland deciding our own future”, as well as the devolution of powers once again immigration, employment and drug laws.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson utter during a visit to Scotland on Thursday that he would fight to “dungeon our fantastic United Kingdom together and prevent another referendum next year”.

The Impartial Democrats are also firmly opposed to another independence referendum – while Toil leader Jeremy Corbyn has said indyref2 is neither “desirable or important” and has indicated he would not support one in the “formative years” of a Labour government.

Come out to the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg after the launch of her party’s election campaign, Ms Sturgeon turned that the SNP holding the balance of power after the election would put Scotland in an “incredibly significant position”.

She stressed that she would “never put Boris Johnson in power” and stated that people had “good reason” to be concerned about the prospect of Mr Corbyn stylish prime minister.

But she insisted it would be better to have SNP MPs “in there purloining sure the right issues are progressed and the right values upheld”.

The SNP director had earlier said the vote on 12 December would be the “most material in our lifetime”, and said the outcome would determine the future of the country for “starts to come”.

Ms Sturgeon said Scotland had been on a “journey” in the two decades since the the world of the devolved Scottish Parliament.

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But she claimed that “many of the gains of the last 20 years and the guarantee of a better future” were now under threat from what she recited as “hardline Brexit ultras” within the Conservative Party.

Ms Sturgeon maintained: “Scotland’s vote to remain in the EU has been ignored.

“The Conservative Party has bamboozle b kidnap and murdered roughshod over the Scottish Parliament. For the first time ever the UK administration has chosen to legislate on devolved matters without the consent of Holyrood.

“With self-styled ‘moderate’ Conservatives in full retreat and the hard-line Brexit ultras on the walk, that is surely only a taste of what is to come.”

Ms Sturgeon required a vote for the SNP was therefore a vote to “escape Brexit” and to “take Scotland’s future out of the hands of Boris Johnson and a contravened Westminster system”.

And she said the SNP already had “a cast iron mandate” for another confidence referendum and warned the prime minister that he has “no right to block the classless wishes of the people of Scotland”.

Ms Sturgeon also unveiled plans for the SNP to motor boat a bill at Westminster aimed at protecting the NHS across the UK from privatisation and subsequent trade deals.

The NHS Protection Bill would block any UK government from using the NHS as a “arrangement chip” in trade talks.

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If passed it would also give devolved parliaments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland a prohibit on any deal, she said.

Ms Sturgeon claims that despite health principles being devolved to the Scottish Parliament, the UK government could still “push off” the NHS in trade negotiations.

The UK government has insisted the NHS is “not on the table” for trade talks and is not in any way “up for on sale”, pledging to bring forward the “biggest programme of NHS investment in a generation” if the Rightists win the election.

Nicola Sturgeon does not rule out a deal with Mr Corbyn, or Elbow-grease, in the event of a hung Parliament. She has a shopping list which seems to to gain by the day – from anti-austerity economics through the enhanced devolution of benefits from one end to the other action on climate change.

But top of that list is a further referendum on autonomy. Might Mr Corbyn be persuaded to adopt that? He won’t say yes or no. It isn’t a priority, we are told. No parcel out, no pact. Labour would govern as a minority and challenge others to select their votes on individual issues.

But then successive members of Get Corbyn cloud the issue once more by hinting it might crop up a bit down the road.

Would Ms Sturgeon be willing to wait? Perhaps – although she averred at the launch that the timetable should be determined by the Scottish Parliament, not at Westminster.

This hidden accommodation, of course, does not operate in a vacuum. Particularly in Scotland, each of the other shindigs is advancing a case with regard to these twin issues of Brexit and self-sufficiency.

Read more on Brian Taylor’s blog – SNP launch: Scotland’s be left party?

What has the reaction been?

Michael Gove of the Conservatives implied Ms Sturgeon had dropped a “bombshell” onto the election campaign by again clout she would seek a fresh independence referendum as a price for supporting Mr Corbyn in guidance.

Mr Gove said: “That would mean there would be two referendums next year – one on Europe, and one on Scotland’s self-determination. It’s the last thing this country needs.

“We need to get Brexit done and get on with the individual’s priorities, but the SNP and Labour instead want more misery as two referendums demolish all the air in our political system.”

The Shadow Brexit Secretary, Keir Starmer, said Contractions would not be doing deals with anyone when asked round the party’s position on a second independence referendum in Scotland.

Speaking on the effort trail in Wales, Mr Starmer said: “The Labour party is in this voting for real change and we’re in it to win it, and therefore we’re not in the business of talking about deals with other sects.”

Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson said her party would be willing to work with other signers at Westminster, but cautioned: “When it comes to the SNP, they need to drop their ide fixe with independence because we’ve just had three years of Brexit pandemonium that’s hurting our country, that’s hurting our public services.”

“We extremity to learn the lessons of Brexit not repeat the mistakes.”

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