Speaking to Sky News yesterday, Nicola Sturgeon claimed she "would want the SNP to be part of" a progressive alliance to keep the Conservatives out of power.
And Jeremy Corbyn admitted in a radio interview he would “open discussions with the Government in Scotland and listen very carefully to what the Scottish Parliament says” if he became Prime Minister.
Now senior Tories have warned of the potential reality of the coalition of chaos they warned of in the 2015 election.
Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson said the SNP leader "is desperate for a second referendum and will do anything to get it – even putting Jeremy Corbyn into Number 10".
Senior Tories have warned of the potential reality of the coalition of chaos they warned of in 2015
She added: "We know that the Labour Party in Scotland has done deals with the SNP to put them in power in town halls across the country, now we've got Nicola Sturgeon saying she wants to do a deal with Labour to put Jeremy Corbyn in charge of the country.
"I'm pretty sure we all know what the cost of that deal would be, she'd want a second independence referendum and Jeremy Corbyn has already said on a recent visit to Scotland that he'd be absolutely fine with that."
Yesterday Jeremy Corbyn claimed there “will be no deals” when it comes to choosing the next Prime Minister – but admitted he would allow the SNP to have their say if he became Prime Minister.
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SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon stops for an ice cream after making an election campaign visit to Scottish Gas HQ in Granton, Edinburgh
Nicola Sturgeon claimed she 'would want the SNP to be part of' a progressive alliance
He said: "I would ask them to think very carefully about it and suggest it would be much better to have this question dealt with at the conclusion of what are very serious and very important Brexit negotiations, where I am utterly determined to achieve tariff-free trade access to the European markets to protect manufacturing and service jobs all across the UK, all across Scotland, Wales and England as well of course."
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He spoke out as Mrs Sturgeon made clear that "if the arithmetic lends itself to a progressive alliance that can lock the Tories out of government, I would want the SNP to be part of that".
While she stressed the "reality" of the election meant this was unlikely, the SNP leader said: "I'm going to launch a manifesto tomorrow that will put forward SNP policies.
Corbyn claimed he would hold 'open discussions' with the Scottish government over independence
"If there is any chance of a progressive alliance that locks the Tories out I would want to get as much of the SNP manifesto implemented as possible."
A Labour spokesman said: "Jeremy Corbyn and Scottish Labour have repeatedly said that a second independence referendum is both unwanted and unnecessary.
"Labour firmly opposes a second independence referendum."