A SCOTTISH Labour MP has said the SNP's mandate for indyref2 is based on a "very hypothetical scenario of leaving the EU" in a car crash BBC interview. 

Shadow Scottish minister Paul Sweeney was responding to John McDonnell's comments that he would not block a second independence referendum. 

"There's no mandate or desire from Scottish people to have one," the Glasgow North East MP told Good Morning Scotland

"What we've said, and what John [McDonnell] has said, is that in future there may well be a situation where that changes but it's not in any way foreseeable." 

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Presenter Gary Robertson pointed out that Sweeney's point is different to what McDonnell said. "That's not what he said, he said he would not block a second independence referendum. Richard Leonard's position, the position I presume you stood on, was to block that, to say no to it if there were a Labour Government." 

Sweeney responded: "Yeah he said in future if there were a mandate for one and there isn't a mandate for one." 

Asked if there would be a different manifesto next time and if the party's position would change, Sweeney said the position is "not changing". 

He added: "The position is basically if that in future there is a decisive mandate, i.e. if a majority of Scottish MSPs stand on a manifesto decisively and … want a second referendum on this issue and it delivers a majority of MSPs in the Scottish Parliament on that basis very, very explicitly, then it’s very difficult —” 

Robertson interrupted him to say there is a pro-independence majority in the Scottish Parliament at the moment and the vote is back on the table now because circumstances has changed.

He referred to a recent Lord Ashcroft poll which is the first to have a lead for independence since March 2017, and asked whether Labour acknowledges this. 

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In his response Sweeney hit out at the SNP’s 2016 manifesto, saying the party “buried it [indyref2] very deeply in their manifesto and it was never a feature of the campaign in 2016, it was also based on a very hypothetical scenario of leaving the European Union which wasn’t at that point a fact”. 

However, if you look at the 2016 SNP manifesto, the party’s intention to hold a second referendum is clearly stated in a section titled “moving Scotland forward". 

The manifesto states: “We believe that the Scottish Parliament should have the right to hold another referendum if there is clear and sustained evidence that independence has become the preferred option of a majority of the Scottish people – or if there is a significant and material change in the circumstances that prevailed in 2014, such as Scotland being taken out of the EU against our will.” 

Sweeney also said he would reject a Yes/No question for indyref2, saying there should be a multiple-choice question instead, with a federal United Kingdom as one of the options.

He said a Labour Government would deliver “a radical transformation and federate the United Kingdom”.

He added: “That of course should be a question in that referendum in future. It shouldn’t just be a binary referendum, and we’ll be backing that option.”

That's despite the party losing nearly 46,000 members in a year and a recent report finding Labour is less popular than the Brexit party in Scotland.

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The full interview can be found on Good Morning Scotland at the 2 hours 12 minutes mark.