The Scottish National Party (SNP) have warned Theresa May they will back a second Brexit referendum tied to a new independence vote for Scotland.
SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford insisted his party will not let the British Government “drag” Scotland out of the European Union and will continue to demand membership of the single market and customs union are guaranteed.
Speaking to Sophy Ridge on Sky News, Mr Blackford said: “We will not and cannot be dragged out of the single market and the customs union against our will.
“We are not playing politics with Brexit because it’s too important. It’s about jobs, it’s about prosperity and we know if there’s a hard Brexit, if we’re out of the single market and the customs union, there’s a real threat to jobs in Scotland and indeed throughout the rest of the United Kingdom.”
Mr Blackford also said SNP support for a second Brexit referendum if Scotland is granted permission to hold a fresh vote on the independence of the nation.
A Survation survey of 1,013 Scottish voters published by The Sunday Herald showed 50 percent would now vote to break up with the UK in the event of a hard Brexit.
The SNP MP continued: “What we are saying is that if there is to be a People’s Vote then we need to make sure our position is protected.
“We must have the right that if we are being dragged out of the EU if we are dragged out of the single market and the customs union, we have the ability to determine our own future.”
Mr Blackford also urged the Prime Minister to consider seeking a bespoke trade arrangement for Scotland similar to the one her negotiators are trying to strike to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland.
He added: “We all must do everything that we can to support the delivery of the Good Friday Agreement.
“Nothing that should happen out of Brexit should impair the Good Friday Agreement but if it means there is a bespoke deal for Northern Ireland there is no reason why the Prime Minister shouldn’t be looking at putting the same circumstance on the table for Scotland.”
Earlier this week SNP First Minister Nicola Sturgeon claimed she would support a Brexit People’s Vote in the event Mrs May called for one but argued a second referendum on EU membership would not guarantee “salvation” for Scotland.
She said “The Tories are leading Scotland to disaster and the last few days we’ve had warnings of recession, medicine shortages, pressure on food supply.
“We’ve seen the cancellation of a clinical trial at the Golden Jubilee Hospital. But that for me makes this point clearer than ever.
“Scotland needs the option of independence because only independence guarantees that these things can’t be imposed on us against our will.”
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