11/8, 1:39 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Sturgeon hints she would back informal coalition with Labour

Scottish National Party Leader Nicola Sturgeon stated on Friday that she would consider creating informal alliances in Westminster to keep Tories out of government, but she stressed she would "drive a hard bargain" in order to back anyone.

At the launch of the SNP's general election campaign, Sturgeon, who is trying to secure a second independence referendum for Scotland in 2020, added that the December 12 general election will define the United Kingdom for "generations to come." Media reports suggested that Labour would be willing to agree to a second independence referendum for Scotland, even though the party has officially denied the claims, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats are also against a new referendum on Scottish independence.

Sturgeon's calls for a new independence referendum come ahead of the UK's exit from the European Union as Scotland voted to remain in 2016. In 2014, Scottish voters chose to stay in the UK by a narrow margin and in the aftermath of a campaign that focused on EU membership as an important perk of staying within the UK.

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