Labour leader relents
Starmer: SNP win in 2021 would be indyref2 mandate
Sir Keir Starmer: needs votes in Scotland
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has confirmed he stands by his claims that if the SNP win Holyrood in 2021 they have a mandate for another referendum.
Sir Keir, whose position on independence is evidently more sympathetic than that taken by Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard, has shifted position a number of times.
In January he said that a victory for the SNP next May would be grounds for another poll. Last week, during a visit to Scotland, he appeared to change his mind.
During a series of interviews today he said his party would not campaign for a referendum in next May’s Scottish Parliament elections, but refused to rule out another referendum if the SNP is returned to power.
Sir Keir said: “We will be going into that election in May making it very clear that another divisive referendum on independence in Scotland is not what is needed.