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Labour will not oppose second referendum if Scottish parliament wants one
March 13, 2017 / 1:08 PM / 8 months ago

Labour will not oppose second referendum if Scottish parliament wants one

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s opposition Labour Party will not oppose a call for a second Scottish independence referendum if the plan wins support from the Scottish parliament, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Monday.

Labour's leader Jeremy Corbyn asks Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May a question during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons in London, March 8, 2017. Parliament TV/Handout via REUTERS

Corbyn said on Twitter the Scottish Labour Party would oppose First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s demand for a referendum in Scotland’s parliament, where Labour is the third largest behind the Conservatives and the Scottish National Party.

But, if the Scottish parliament approves the call for a new referendum, then he would not ask his lawmakers in the British parliament to block that decision when it comes to a vote in London.

He said if a referendum was approved by both the Scottish and British parliaments, Labour would campaign against independence.

Reporting by William James, editing by Elizabeth Piper

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