A pledge by Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell that a future Labour government would not block a second referendum on Scottish independence has divided an already fractious opposition.

On the one hand, McDonnell’s statement potentially opens the way for a new pro-Remain coalition government, committed to a left-of-centre political programme. On the other, it opens the possibility that Scotland may leave the UK.

On Monday, the Labour Party’s deputy leader, Tom Watson, spoke out again...

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