Sturgeon and Drakeford back general election if no-deal risk removed

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Nicola Sturgeon and Mark Drakeford have joined forces

The first ministers of Wales and Scotland have both said they would welcome a general election.

But Nicola Sturgeon and Mark Drakeford said they wanted to see the details of any Brexit extension before backing a vote before Christmas.

Ms Sturgeon said it was important to ensure the risk of no-deal had been removed.

They were speaking at a news conference in Westminster where they joined forces to oppose Boris Johnson’s Brexit Bill.

The pair accused the UK government of trying to rush through the EU Withdrawal Agreement without scrutiny.

The first ministers urged the prime minister Boris Johnson to allow more time for the bill, after he “paused” his Brexit bill when the Commons rejected his plan to get it signed off in three days.

Ms Sturgeon and Mr Drakeford said the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly were likely to refuse to give consent for the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, and called for the devolved nations to be given a greater say.

In the Commons,

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