Sturgeon insists Scots must be offered independence as Brexit opt-out

       Corbyn's comments show he is 'not up to the job'

Video Corbyn's comments show he is 'not up to the job'

Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson insisted there will not be a second referendum on independence "anytime soon" as she accused the SNP of "quietly ditching" the policy as a campaign tool in the General Election.

The SNP won 56 of the 59 seats in Scotland in the 2015 general election and the party is expected to take the most again, despite polls suggesting it is likely to lose some of them.

Likewise, the i newspaper focuses on the so-called "triple lock" for a new independence vote and says the SNP leader would take a win for her party in Scotland as a mandate for another referendum.

The recent Tory manifesto also said there could be no vote without demonstrable "public consent" after the Brexit process had "played out" for an undefined period.

In his interview with Bauer and Global radio station, Mr Corbyn was asked what he would do with regard to Scotland were he to become Prime Minister: "I'll obviously open discussions with the government in Scotland and listen very carefully to what the Scottish Parliament says", he said.

Her comments come as a clutch of new polls have shown the Conservative lead over Labour shrinking as the June 8 vote approaches, including one which put Theresa May's party just six points clear.

Willie Rennie says the Nicola Sturgeon's call for a fresh referendum on the issue before the United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union has made people in Scotland "spitting mad".

Ms Sturgeon denied she was becoming a more divisive figure on the doorstep, adding: "The baby is much cuter than me".

He argued winning a yes vote before Brexit would reinforce Scotland's case for remaining in the EU after independence and allow the SNP to use the resentment of pro-EU Scottish voters to build up the yes vote into a majority.

"Because it is important that people have clarity about Brexit and what that means", she said.

She warned Theresa May that if the SNP wins the most seats in Scotland on 8 June, "continued Tory attempts" to block another referendum would be "democratically unsustainable".

Sturgeon, who said she wants an independent Scotland to be a full member of the European Union, argues that a new choice is needed because Scots voted to stay in the bloc in a referendum last June, at odds with the overall vote to leave.

If this poll is right, then not only are the Conservatives on 29 per cent - nearly double their share at the last election - but they may be on the way to their best seats result since 1992, when they won 11 seats. "It says very clearly we don't support independence and we don't support a second independence referendum".

This is the latest instalment in the slow-burning story of how the Conservatives seem to be doing remarkably well in Scotland, building off their second-placed Holyrood finish past year.

Willie Rennie, the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, said: "The SNP must think we are stupid".

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