Labour deputy Watson voices indyref2 opposition

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The UK Grind Party deputy leader Tom Watson has spoken out against a second Scottish self-confidence referendum.

It follows comments by shadow chancellor John McDonnell that a time to come Labour government would not block another vote.

Mr Watson pronounced another referendum “is not the answer” to Tory austerity and Brexit.

He added that he fully advocated the position of Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard.

His intervention make after Mr McDonnell told an audience in Edinburgh last week that any judgement about holding an independence vote would be up to the Scottish Parliament.

‘Peopled will’

And it follows a warning by ex-Labour prime minister Gordon Brown, who implied unionism “appears to be sleepwalking into oblivion”.

In a video released on Sunday, Mr Watson said: “We can see the around caused by the prospect of the UK leaving the four decade-long union with Europe – conceive of how much more disruptive it would be to break our three centuries-long Marrying of Scotland within the UK.”

He pointed out that the party’s Scottish leader Richard Leonard had already deputed it “absolutely clear” that there was no case for a second independence referendum.

Mr Watson added: “As we told in our 2017 manifesto, Labour opposes another referendum and the turbo-charged austerity in Scotland that render the UK would cause, with the inevitable threat to thousands of jobs and livelihoods.

“That is not because our bund doesn’t need to change. It does, and badly.

“But another independence referendum isn’t the take. More nationalism, more uncertainty, and more division isn’t the answer.”

SNP ambassador leader Keith Brown said: “People across the UK overwhelmingly take it that independence should be a matter for the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish people – not Westminster.

“UK voters confidence in it should be up to people of Scotland to decide how they are governed – not a Tory side which has no mandate in Scotland, putting our economy at risk to suit their own factional ends.”

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