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Nicola Sturgeon demands Labour scraps trident — if they want SNP support

LABOUR needs to scrap the Trident nuclear weapons system and devolve further powers to Holyrood if it wants SNP support in government, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Appearing on television today, Scotland’s First Minister outlined the “progressive agenda” that her party would support after the election.

The nationalists claim that their demands must be met in order for other parties to count on SNP support at Westminster.

These demands include the removal of nuclear submarines from the River Clyde, the devolution of powers on migration, drug laws and employment law to Scotland and second referendums on independence and Brexit.

The SNP leader also wants to see universal credit abolished, an end to austerity and action on climate change.

In addition, Ms Sturgeon pledged not to instal Boris Johnson, or any other Tory, in office.

She said: “Any other prospective prime minister must understand that, in the event of another hung parliament, the support of the SNP cannot be taken for granted.

“We’re standing on a platform of ending austerity, tackling climate change, fixing our broken welfare state and scrapping Trident. We’ll hold any government to those demands.

“But we’ll also expect Scotland to be given the power to make our own choices on crucial issues like migration, drug laws and rights at work.”

Ms Sturgeon added that if any leader was not willing to “back the right of the people of Scotland to choose our own future, they shouldn’t even pick up the phone to ask for SNP support.”

While the SNP laid out its red lines on any post-election agreement, Labour stood firm, saying the party would not agree to any deals.

A Labour spokesperson added: “The SNP can issue as many demands as they want, the fact remains Labour will be entering into no deals and no pacts with any party.

“Labour are fighting this election to win. We are the only party offering the public real change, including an additional £100 billion of investment for Scotland’s people, communities and public services.

“If we end up as a minority administration, we will put forward our policy programme and it will be up to Nicola Sturgeon and others whether to back this massive investment in Scotland or to put Boris Johnson into No 10.”


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