SNP vows to ‘undo Brexit’ if next general election results in a hung parliament

The SNP has pledged to “undo Brexit as far as possible” in exchange for supporting a minority Labour government. The Scottish nationalists boasted that they may be kingmakers following the election next year.

According to the results of last week’s local elections, Labour may fall short of a majority at Westminster when the UK goes to the polls for a national vote.

Alyn Smyth, the SNP’s EU accession spokesperson, said his party will demand on tighter relations with Brussels in exchange for supporting a minority Labour government.

He stated that the SNP would work to rejoin the EU and restore freedom of movement.

Mr Smyth also stated that his party would seek powers for Scotland to hold a new referendum on independence.

Mr Smyth said: “Brexit has been a disaster for Scotland and the UK – costing our economy billions, damaging the NHS, and contributing to the cost of living crisis – and there’s been a conspiracy of silence on it from Labour and the Tories.

“While independence is the only way for Scotland to regain our EU membership, the SNP could hold the balance of power at the next election and we would use our influence to undo Brexit as far as possible and demand the UK has a close relationship with the EU.

“With all the signs pointing to a hung parliament, the SNP could force a minority Labour government to rejoin the EU single market, reintroduce free movement and transfer power for an independence referendum to Edinburgh, so Scotland can regain our place in Europe.”

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He added: “The SNP would also push for the UK to rejoin Erasmus and Horizon Europe, and defend the European Court of Justice, while ensuring Scotland has the power to escape Brexit entirely with independence.

As Labour has ruled out any Brexit reversal, the SNP is one of the only major parties that supports rejoining the EU.

Sir Keir Starmer’s party has frequently stated that no deals will be struck with the SNP following a general election.

It comes after the SNP’s Westminster leader, Stephen Flynn, boasted last week that the party would be able to “pull the strings” after the next national election.

Despite weeks of turmoil over a police investigation into the party’s finances, Scottish First Minister Humza Yousaf said yesterday he is confident about next year’s national election and any subsequent independence referendum the SNP can secure in a hung parliament.