BORIS Johnson is “not likely” to use force to stop a second Scottish indyref – in the way Spain did in Catalonia, according to Jeremy Corbyn.

But the former Labour leader said Johnson could agree to indyref2, because he changes mind “frequently” on “loads of things”.

His remarks came in an interview with the Catalan News Agency (ANC) in Barcelona, where he was attending the World Peace Congress.

Corbyn dodged taking a stance on the Catalan indy debate which, like that in Scotland, has been raging for many years.

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He welcomed the resurgence in languages such as Catalan, Gaelic, Doric and Welsh, saying: “I fully recognise the desire and wish of people to express their cultural identity and language.”

However, he was less enthusiastic about bringing in a neutral party to mediate on the independence arguments: “Mediation only works if both sides want mediation to happen. There's no point otherwise.

“’Be careful about bringing in prestigious figures to sort it all out, because everything falls on the shoulders on that unfortunate poor person.

“If they succeed, everything good, if they fail, they are the ones to get the blame. At the end of the day people have to sort it out themselves.

“I'm not opposed to the second referendum in Scotland but I think there should be a choice which would include a federal process in future.”

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Unprecedented police violence was Spain’s response to the last Catalan independence push, which saw politicians and indy activists jailed, but Corbyn said that was unlikely to happen here.

“No, I don't think this is likely to happen.

“Boris has so far said that he is opposed to another referendum in Scotland, but he may change his mind, he changes his mind on loads of things frequently.”

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Corbyn said he was “shocked and devastated” by the murder of Tory MP Sir David Amess, and highlighted that Labour’s Jo Cox was killed by Thomas Mair, a far-right extremist.

“The growth of far right is serious, and the growth of racism in our society is also serious,” he said, adding: “There is also a contravening force too. Where the far right has challenged, they end up retreating.

“It’s growth is not irreversible.”

He agreed that far-right parties, such as Vox in Spain, should be banned: “If a party is practising racism and violence anywhere in Europe, yes, there is a case for banning of those parties.

“But it's more important to challenge politically what they are saying and doing.”

In a wide-ranging interview, Corbyn said “obscene levels of discrimination” were to blame for the 17 million people he said were forcefully displaced from their homes and who needed support.

He added: “Historians that will look at this period of 21st century are not going to be kind to those governments and politicians that turn their backs on the refugees.”