THE SNP will push for the power to hold a second independence referendum if Brexit goes ahead.

Westminster leader Ian Blackford insisted the people of Scotland should be able to "determine their own destiny" if the UK leaves the EU.

His party will table an amendment in the Commons today, calling for the power to hold another legally-binding vote.

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It comes as Theresa May faces a series of crunch votes over her Brexit deal and a possible extension of the March 29 deadline.

Mr Blackford told the BBC's Sunday Politics Scotland: “We will be putting down an amendment this week.

“It will be reflecting on what happened in the Scottish Parliament and in the Welsh Assembly this week simultaneously.

"There was a motion that came in front of both Parliaments that recognised that Theresa May’s deal and no-deal are not good for Scotland.

“What we’re going to do is put down an amendment asking for the Government to recognise that Scotland voted to Remain.

"We’re also putting down, as part of that amendment, a recognition that if the UK does leave the European Union, the people of Scotland should be able to determine their own destiny.

“And in particular they should have the power to have an independence referendum if we so choose and we’re making reference in that to the Claim of Right in the debate we had in Parliament in July 2018 when Parliament accepted the motion that sovereignty rests with the Scottish people.

"So we will do what we can to work with other parties to stop Brexit, we have no desire to see Scotland dragged out against its will, but we need to recognise that if that does happen then the people of Scotland have got to determine their own future."

He added: "There is no such thing as a good Brexit, we know that it's going to cost jobs, we know that it's going to impact living standards, we know of course that no deal is absolutely disastrous for the people of Scotland."

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Last week, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the Prime Minister would “of course” refuse the Scottish Government permission to hold another legally-binding referendum.

Nicola Sturgeon has already ruled out holding a so-called “wildcat” vote without Westminster’s go-ahead

MPs will vote on Mrs May’s Brexit deal on Tuesday. If it is defeated again, they will get the chance to vote against leaving the EU without a deal and in favour of extending the Brexit deadline.

Mr Blackford said the SNP will vote to rule out a no-deal Brexit and extend the Article 50 process.

But Scottish Conservative MP David Duguid branded his comments "another desperate stunt” and insisted it was further evidence the SNP’s only priority is independence.

He said: "It proves once again that the main goal for the SNP throughout the entire Brexit process has been to try to agitate for a second independence referendum.

"Their motives are completely transparent, and rather than putting the interests of Scotland first, they're only promoting their narrow-minded agenda.

"Scots decisively voted No in 2014 and the answer is still the same - it's time the SNP recognised that."

Pamela Nash, chief executive of Scotland in Union, said the SNP is “simply using Brexit as a political tool for its latest attempt to break up the United Kingdom”.

She added: “The Nationalists are only interested in dividing the country and holding an unwanted second independence referendum.

“Ian Blackford and his MPs should listen to the people of Scotland who know we are stronger as part of the UK, and want the SNP to ditch the threat of a second independence referendum.”

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said: “The SNP seem to have learned nothing from Brexit. Constitutional upheaval brings chaos and economic damage.

“We shouldn’t compound the damage of leaving the EU by splitting from the U.K. which is responsible for four times more trade with Scotland.

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“Even Theresa May has admitted that no Brexit is still a serious possibility. The SNP should be campaigning to keep the whole of the UK in the EU, not another divisive and unwanted independence referendum.”

A UK Government spokesman said: "Scotland had an independence referendum in 2014 and voted decisively to remain in the UK.

"The Scottish Government needs to stop using Brexit as an excuse to pursue their unwanted independence agenda.

"Rather than constantly seeking division and constitutional upheaval, the Scottish Government needs to work with the UK Government to avoid a damaging no deal. That is what people and business in Scotland expect."