Labour say they can\'t rule out Scottish independence vote again

Labour say they can't rule out Scottish independence vote again

Britain’s opposition Labour party does not rule out allowing another Scottish independence referendum should it be voted into power.

John McDonnell said a British Labour government would consider whether to grant permission for a Scottish referendum if backed by the devolved parliament should the case arise, even though it opposes Scotland splitting from the United Kingdom.

Scotland was long a Labour heartland but since 2015 it has been dominated by the pro-independence Scottish National Party, which has won over old Labour supporters. To win national power in Britain, Labour would likely have to win swathes of left-leaning Scotland.

In a 2014 referendum, Scots voted 55-45 percent against splitting from the United Kingdom. Nationalism has dominated Scottish politics since and support for independence is currently at around 45 percent.

Published: by Radio NewsHub
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