Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (Image: David Cheskin/Getty Images)
The Labour leader continued his shambolic election tour of Scotland pledging to deny Nicola Sturgeon the power to stage another Scexit vote in the first two years of his party winning power. But he was branded a “clear and present danger” to the future of the UK after he conspicuously failed to describe himself as a Unionist or say whether he would campaign to preserve the 312-year-old partnership. His fourth flip-flop over the issue came as Ms Sturgeon confirmed securing a ballot on breaking up the UK next year is her “priority” over a second vote on Europe.
The SNP leader has made it clear she would refuse to prop up a minority Labour government if it refuses the vote.
But Ms Sturgeon also backs another referendum on Brexit, with an option to Remain on the ballot paper.
Interim Scottish Tory leader Jackson Carlaw demanded clarity on the proposed timetable during First Minister’s Questions at Holyrood yesterday.
Ms Sturgeon replied: “My priority is to give the people of Scotland the opportunity to choose independence next year and I look forward to delivering on that.”
Her spokesman later said Scotland is not in control of the timetable for a second Brexit referendum.
He added that the First Minister would be sympathetic to a second EU referendum towards the first half of next year.
But he insisted Ms Sturgeon’s preferred timing for indyref2 – in the latter half of 2020 – would not be affected by the result of another poll on EU membership.
Conservatives said she “wants to see an independence referendum before another Brexit vote” and accused her of trying to take voters “for a ride”.
Interim Scottish Tory leader Jackson Carlaw (Image: Ken Jack/Getty Images)
Mr Carlaw said: “Given how his position on a second independence referendum has weakened every time he has come to Scotland,
pro-UK supporters in Scotland will