Jeremy Corbyn has refused to say he would block a independence referendum before Brexit is complete
The hapless leader also said he would allow a second vote “if the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish people want it”.
His comments came after a row erupted on Monday by pledging to “open discussions” with Nicola Sturgeon on a plebiscite if he becomes Prime Minister.
The SNP leader has also suggested she would demand a rerun of the 2014 vote in exchange for propping up a Labour government, in a move denounced as a “coalition of chaos” by Tories.
Mr Corbyn was pressed on the issue yesterday during a visit to a nursery in Wesminster.
He he would call on the SNP to “think again” and that he would “appeal to the Scottish people to think again on this”.
The Left-winger said: “Let’s deal with the Brexit negotiations first, it’s absolutely key that we get tariff-free trade access to the European market, our manufacturing industry relies on that.
“It’s also important we have good agreements with Europe in the future in respect of management of the sea and all the other conditions that we’ve gained out of European membership.”
Let’s deal with the Brexit negotiations first
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
Asked again if he would block a referendum if Holyrood passed a motion for it before Brexit is complete, Mr Corbyn replied: “We would discuss it with them and urge them very strongly to put it back until after the Brexit talks have been concluded.
“I think there would be a reasonable agreement around that because, after all, in Scotland the issues are actually poverty, actually on investment, actually on the housing needs of the people of Scotland.
“A Labour government would do a great deal to assist all the people of Scotland on those.”
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His comments are at odds with Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dudgale’s “cast-iron guarantee” that the party will oppose another referendum.
Scottish Tory MSP Murdo Fraser said the pledges had been exposed as a “complete sham” adding: “Mr Corbyn’s comment today proves that his statement yesterday that he was ‘open’ to discussions on a second referendum wasn’t a gaffe.
“If he’s elected prime minister, he really would be prepared to sit down with Nicola Sturgeon and discuss her plan for a second referendum.”
A Scottish Labour spokesman said: “Labour firmly opposes a second Scottish independence referendum.
The Labour leader said he would allow a vote ‘if Scottish people want it'
“As our manifesto states, it is unwanted and unnecessary, and we will campaign tirelessly to ensure that Scotland remains part of the UK.”
It marked another rocky day for Mr Corbyn after he was unable to provide the basic cost of a key manifesto pledge.
In an car-crash interview on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour the far Left Labour leader desperately floundered as he tried to explain his confused policy on free childcare for 1.3 million two- to four-year-olds.
The day of campaigning then got worse for Mr Corbyn who admitted he did not know if he was still vice president of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), having previously promised to resign.
Then Mr Corbyn’s supporters took to social media to abuse Emma Barnett, the BBC journalist who had exposed his ineptitude.
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The attacks included a number of anti-semitic remarks reviving concerns that many of Mr Corbyn’s supporters have a hatred of Jews.
On Woman’s Hour, Mr Corbyn paused several times when repeatedly asked to give a cost for the pledge, before asking: “Can we come back to that in a moment?”
Ms Barnett asked: “Let me understand then, how much will it cost to provide un- means tested childcare for 1.3 million children?”
Mr Corbyn, who was visibly flicking through his notes, replied: “It will cost … it will obviously cost a lot to do so, we accept that.”
Ms Barnett said: “I presume you have the figures?”
In an interview for Mumsnet it turned out the cost was £5.3 billion.