FILE PHOTO: Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon takes half in a press conference at Bute House in Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain November 27, 2018. Andy Buchanan/Pool through REUTERS/File Photo
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s opposition Labour Party has dominated out a take care of Scottish chief Nicola Sturgeon that might ship a second referendum on independence for Scotland as the value of her help for a Labour government, the Times newspaper reported.
Labour finance spokesman John McDonnell was quoted in Saturday’s Times as saying there can be no bartering with Sturgeon to win the help of her Scottish National Party (SNP) lawmakers.
“We wouldn’t have a deal with other political parties,” he mentioned. “We believe we will win the next election with a handsome majority.”
Speculation a couple of attainable take care of the SNP has grown since Sturgeon held talks with the Labour management final month in London to determine frequent floor on an alternative choice to Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan for leaving the European Union.
May faces fierce opposition in parliament to her plan and political analysts have mentioned she may even step down if she is decisively crushed in a vote on the problem due on Dec. 11.
The independence-minded SNP, the ruling get together in Scotland’s devolved legislature in Edinburgh, have 35 seats in Britain’s 650-seat decrease home of parliament.
The value of their help for a Labour government would doubtless be an finish to May’s block on a second Scottish independence referendum after the 2014 vote through which Scots voted to stay within the United Kingdom.
McDonnell mentioned that even when Labour didn’t win a majority in any normal election it might type a minority government if it ended up being the most important get together.
“We will bring forward our transformative programme and if other parties support it that’s up to them,” he added.
Reporting by Stephen Addison; Editing by Mark Heinrich