Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

20.29 8 Nov 2019


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The Scottish National Party (SNP) has said it would look to form a progressive alliance "to lock the Tories out of government" if there's a hung parliament after next month's UK general election.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon made the pledge as she launched her party's election campaign today.

Opinion polls have shown the SNP with a significant lead in Scotland ahead of polling day on December 12th, and the party will be hoping for an increase to the 35 seats they currently hold in Westminster.

During the launch today, Ms Sturgeon said: "We want Scotland to remain inside the EU, and we want the UK to remain inside the EU.

"So just as we have done over the past three years, SNP MPs will work with other parties to stop the UK from being taken out of the European Union.

"And if there is a hung parliament – an outcome that could give Scotland the balance of power – SNP MPs would seek to form a progressive alliance to lock the Tories out of government."

Ms Sturgeon said she's no fan of Jeremy Corbyn, but acknowledged they have to work with what they have and "would never support a Conservative government".

She added: "I can't foresee the SNP being in a formal coalition... but we would look, as we said in the previous two general elections, to form alliances."

She reiterated her hopes to hold a second Scottish independence referendum next year - something which has been ruled out by the current Conservative government.

Ms Sturgeon argued that the Brexit experience has shown Scotland it can't rely on "good sense breaking out at Westminster... because we may, on the experience of the last few years, be waiting a very, very long time".

Elsewhere on the campaign trail, Boris Johnson claimed his new EU withdrawal agreement offered no customs declarations for goods travelling between Northern Ireland and the UK - appearing to contradict ministerial advice.

A video shared on social media showed him making comments during a meeting with local Conservatives in Northern Ireland yesterday.

Reacting to the video, Labour's Keir Starmer argued: "Boris Johnson either doesn’t understand the deal he has negotiated or he isn’t telling the truth. Probably both."

Main image: SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon speaks at the party's general election launch. Picture by: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/PA Images
Additional reporting by IRN

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