Nicola Sturgeon strongly hinted that the SNP would prop up a Corbyn government
Ms Sturgeon again strongly hinted that the SNP would prop up a Corbyn government as she claimed a victory for her party in Scotland would be “a triple lock” for a rerun of the independence referendum.
It came as Mr Corbyn made it clear he would cave in to Ms Sturgeon’s demands over another vote.
The Labour leader said he would allow a second referendum "if the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish people want it" because that is the "whole point" of devolution.
His commitment to keeping the UK has already come under question after he previously supported Sinn Fein’s demands for Northern Ireland to become part of a united Ireland.
The Tories warned that this showed that Labour and the SNP are preparing for “a coalition of chaos”.
Conservative Party chairman Patrick McLoughlin said: ‘The SNP and Jeremy Corbyn are getting ready to do a deal to prop him up as Prime Minister, in return for a second independence referendum. Don’t forget, Corbyn’s own spokesman said: ‘Jeremy would definitely talk with the SNP’.
The SNP and Jeremy Corbyn are getting ready to do a deal to prop him up as Prime Minister
Conservative Party chairman Patrick McLoughlin
“The SNP manifesto makes clear the price we’d pay for that – higher taxes, more borrowing, weaker defences.
"And with Brexit negotiations starting 11 days after people vote – you’d have a totally shambolic Jeremy Corbyn propped up by a coalition of chaos in the seat for Britain.”
Ms Sturgeon launched her party’s manifesto arguing it would be “democratically unsustainable” for Theresa May to continue blocking a second vote if this happened.
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But Ms Sturgeon signalled she was willing to delay holding a referendum beyond her preferred deadline of spring 2019 if the Brexit process was still underway.
Ms Sturgeon said: “If the SNP wins a majority of Scottish seats in this election, that will further reinforce our mandate.
The SNP leader said an SNP victory in Scotland would mean ‘a triple lock’ for a referendum
“In these circumstances, any continued Tory attempts to block Scotland having a choice – when the time is right and the options are clear – would be democratically unsustainable.”
Ms Sturgeon added: “That is why I believe so strongly that at the end of the Brexit process – not now, but when the terms of the deal are known – Scotland must have a choice about our future; a choice between following the UK down the Brexit path or becoming an independent country.”
Jeremy Corbyn has said he would allow a rerun of the referendum ‘if the Scottish people want it’
Other keynote policies included £118 billion spending splurge, which Ms Sturgeon claimed was possible without widespread tax increases, and immigration policy being devolved to Holyrood.
Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson dismissed the event “a tired manifesto launch” and said Ms Sturgeon had failed to give Scots “single, positive reason for voting for her party.”