LABOUR HAS THROWN UK UNDER A BUS; as Sturgeon Claims Corbyn Would Grant New Independence Vote, Tory Minister's warning:CORBYN'S CAVE-IN TO STURGEON; SNP Leader Will Help Him Get Keys to No 10.Then Demand Powers for Scexit Vote by Xmas

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LABOUR HAS THROWN UK UNDER A BUS; as Sturgeon Claims Corbyn Would Grant New Independence Vote, Tory Minister's warning:CORBYN'S CAVE-IN TO STURGEON; SNP Leader Will Help Him Get Keys to No 10.Then Demand Powers for Scexit Vote by Xmas


Byline: Michael Blackley and Jason Groves

SCOTS have been warned that Jeremy Corbyn will throw the UK 'under a bus' by granting Nicola Sturgeon another chance to break up the Union.

Senior Tory Cabinet Minister Michael Gove said she would be in the 'driving seat' and 'wearing the trousers' if the SNP propped up a minority Labour government after next month's General Election.

His comments came after the SNP leader yesterday said she believes Mr Corbyn would cave in and grant her the power to hold a Scexit vote within days of entering Downing Street.

Miss Sturgeon confirmed that she aims to make a formal demand for the legal power to hold another referendum before Christmas - and is confident the Labour leader would let Indyref 2 go ahead by the end of next year if he becomes Prime Minister.

It sparked renewed concerns that Mr Corbyn entering No 10 would be a major threat to the 312-year-old Union - with the Conservatives saying there is 'no doubt' that he would cave in to Miss Sturgeon's demands.

Earlier this week, the Labour leader confirmed that he would not 'seek to block' another Scexit referendum if the Scottish parliament demands it. Mr Gove, who is leading the UK Government's Brexit planning, said: 'It has been coming for some time, but Labour have now thrown the United Kingdom under a bus.

'At the Edinburgh Festival, [Shadow Chancellor] John McDonnell said they would allow a referendum to take place and some people thought it was a gaffe but it clearly wasn't a gaffe. That was clearly the first fluttering of their eyelashes at the SNP and now they are in bed together.

'Corbyn and his team have made it perfectly clear that they will offer the SNP a referendum. And the SNP exist for only one reason - to smash up the United Kingdom, to separate friends and families, to make sure that my children think that their grandma and grandad are foreigners, to break up our NHS, to break up the BBC, to create a situation where you've got border posts at Berwick and where you can't even use the pound sterling in Stirling.' He said that Scottish Labour was no longer a 'Unionist party' and only the Tories would fight to save the Union.

Insisting that Miss Sturgeon would get what she wanted from Mr Corbyn, he said: 'The truth is in that relationship it would be Nicola Sturgeon who would have the whip hand. She's a smarter and more focused politician, she would be wearing the trousers in that relationship, she would be in the driving seat. And it wouldn't go well for the future of our United Kingdom.

'I don't think that for any of us, having Jeremy Corbyn as Nicola Sturgeon's glove puppet is going to work.' At a campaign event in Edinburgh yesterday, Miss Sturgeon confirmed that she will seek the legal power to hold another Scexit vote, saying: 'I've made clear - and I'm sticking to this - that the Section 30 demand will be delivered to Downing Street, whoever happens to be in it, by Christmas.'

It was revealed on Thursday that Miss Sturgeon held private talks with Mr Corbyn in London last week. Yesterday, she insisted they discussed Brexit rather than independence - but said she does not think he is 'under any illusions about my position around independence and a referendum and the transfer of power'.

Asked if she believes he would grant Section 30 order, she said: 'Yes', adding: 'I am a believer in the power of democracy. Time will tell but I am confident that is the case - that they would see the power of democracy.'

Miss Sturgeon said it would 'depend on the circumstances' whether a second EU referendum or a Scottish referendum would come first in the event of Labour winning the General Election.

ed he in m 'a iate On Wednesday, Mr Corbyn was accused of plotting to break up Britain when confirmed that, although he is not favour of an independence referendum 'any time soon', he could allow it at 'a much later stage' if the Scottish parliament demanded it. …

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