The SNP's Westminster leader Ian Blackford said Jeremy Corbyn "will give way" and allow a second Scottish independence referendum in 2020 if Labour needs the SNP's support to form a government.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, when asked if an early independence referendum date is the SNP's only demand, Mr Blackford said: "No, there are a number of things that we would argue for."

He added: "If Jeremy's accepted the principle of the referendum on Scottish independence he will have to recognise that the mandate is already there. He will give way on this, he will recognise it's the right thing to do.

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"We're certainly not going to get into discussions on other matters until we've resolved that matter. If he wants to be the prime minister of a minority administration then he's going to have some give and take, and acceding to the democratic right of Scotland to have a referendum isn't really a big ask.

"I think it's a reasonable thing to do, it's a mandate that we won in 2016, it's right that we are given that opportunity to have our say in Scotland about our future. I don't think Jeremy Corbyn's going to find that a difficult thing to do."

On what level of co-operation the SNP would be willing to give, he said: "We'll get around the table and talk. We've always said that we wouldn't enter into coalition with Labour, that is off the table, but we're happy to consider things on a case-by-case scenario."