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Labour-SNP pact ruled out by shadow chancellor John McDonnell

No deals: John McDonnell PICTURE: BBC

SHADOW chancellor John McDonnell has ruled out making deals with the SNP over a second independence referendum in exchange for supporting a Labour government.

Asked about his comments at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe that Labour would not block a second Scottish independence referendum, Mr McDonnell insisted ‘there are no deals whatsoever’ with the SNP.

‘When we go into the next general election, I believe we will have a majority, but if we are in a minority, we will be a minority government, we won’t do coalitions, we will expect [other parties] to support the party,’ he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr.

‘If we’re in a minority position, we’ll form a government and the other opposition parties can vote for the policies we’re advocating and if they don’t, we’ll go back to the people.’ Mr McDonnell said there would not be another independence vote ‘in the early years of a Labour government’.