SNP U-turn? Blackford stuns Ridge with Labour pact ‘wish list’ – but leaves out indyref


THE SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford confirmed they will hand Labour a wish list of demands if the election returns a hung Parliament – but surprisingly, independence is not the priority.

Ian Blackford did not mention an independence referendum when he listed off demands for the SNP’s wish list in any electoral pact negotiation. The remarks stunned Sophy Ridge on Sky News, as the SNP’s Westminster leader reeled off several ambitious demands for any pact with Labour after the vote. Mr Blackford mentioned austerity, climate change and nuclear weapons – but not independence – during the interview this morning.

The senior leader in the SNP said: “We will come up with our wish list of things we want to see.

“But it’s fair to say that there are a few things that are at the top of our list – austerity is up there.

“We have been consistent down through the decades – we don’t wish to see nuclear weapons on our soil.

“We don’t believe we should be investing in weapons of mass destructions.”

Mr Blackford continued: “There are many things we want to see, Sophy. We want to see the end of austerity.

“If I look at the Scottish Government’s block grant from Westminster, in real terms its been cut by 5 percent in the past five years.

“It’s really impacted our public services, and affected the poorest in our society.

“We want to quicken our action on climate change. We have to recognise that there is a climate emergency.”

Grilled on the SNP’s independence demands, Mr Blackford appeared to back off from the urgency of the claims.

He told Ridge that “a good night for the SNP” would be “sending a very strong message from Scotland to Westminster that we have to have a say in our future”.

The Scottish politician said the election on the 12 December was an “opportunity” for voters to back a second independence referendum.

Mr Blackford added: “We are going into this election defending 35 seats out of 59.

“We are by far and away the leading party in Scotland, 20 points ahead of the Conservative in second place.

“We will not allow Boris Johnson to take us out of the EU against our will.”

This comes as the Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has warned that a governing pact between Labour and the Scottish National Party would put the country’s security at risk.


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