'Not desirable or necessary'

Corbyn reaffirms opposition to indyref2 ahead of rally

Jeremy Corbyn on Sky News

Jeremy Corbyn: no to independence

UPDATE 2 Nov: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn reiterated his opposition to Scottish independence on the eve of a huge rally in Glasgow.

Mr Corbyn rejected recent suggestions that Labour would allow a second referendum and said the party “does not support independence”.

He made similar comments earlier this week after the shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald said the party would not “stand in the way” of a second poll.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, who wants a second independence referendum in the second half of next year, has been buoyed by Mr McDonald’s comments and will address thousands of campaigners in George Square on Saturday. She will tell the gathering: “An independent Scotland is closer than it has ever been. It really is within touching distance.”

But in a statement timed hours before campaigners were due to converge on Glasgow, Mr Corbyn put paid to claims that the UK and Scottish Labour parties were divided on the issue.

“Labour does not support independence for Scotland and we do not think another independence referendum is either desirable or necessary,” he said.

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