Nicola Sturgeon Signals SNP Could Scupper May’s Grammar School Plans

Her remarks prompted outrage among some Tory MPs.

Jacob Rees-Mogg said: “The SNP use Barnett consequentials as an excuse to get involved in matters they know are English. They use it as if it were a magic carpet to fly into any issue they feel like.”

Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of backbench Tory MPs, said: ‘It would be an outrage if Scottish MPs sought to deprive English communities of these opportunities.’

Before new ‘English Votes for English Laws’ rules came into force, the SNP last year successfully forced David Cameron to shelve plans to bring back fox hunting by threatening to vote against the legislation.

Plans for new grammars face a huge hurdle in the House of Lords, where there is an ‘anti-Tory’ majority of peers. 

As the proposals were not in the Tory 2015 general election manifesto, some peers believe they would have a right to delay them.

In her Peston on Sunday interview, Sturgeon also confirmed that she felt it was ‘highly likely’ that Scotland would stage a second independence referendum by 2020.

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