15 October 2019

Commenting on Nicola Sturgeon's refusal to rule out a "hard border" if Scotland were to become independent, Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard said:

"Whether it's a hard border or the hard cuts of the so-called Growth Commission, the SNP has shown it is determined to pursue a separate state even if it badly hurts the people of Scotland.

"A hard border between Scotland and England would cost jobs, hurt our public services and divide families.

"Our communities don’t need more barriers and disruption. ‬

‪"That’s why Scottish Labour wants to remain in - and reform - both the UK and the EU. We want to end the constitutional crisis, not create another one. "And we believe our vision for a radical transformation can appeal to people who voted both Yes and No to independence in 2014.

"Labour's programme will bring people together - empowering our communities and workplaces, and investing to revive our economy with new green industries and jobs."

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