“If a referendum were held tomorrow, 44% of Scots would say they would vote yes, while 46% say they would vote no,” said Savanta Comeres, who polled for The Scotsman newspaper.
“When we remove these, it gives an overall voting intention of 51% for no and 49% for yes”, it underlined.
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For Chris Hopkins, director of policy research at Savanta Comres, this latest survey “only serves to highlight the divide within Scotland”.
On Tuesday, Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon reaffirmed her determination to hold a new referendum on independence aimed at the fall of 2023. In order to organize this referendum, the leader of the independence party SNP must obtain the agreement of the British Government, which strongly opposes it.
Scots had already been consulted on the subject in 2014 and voted 55% to remain within the United Kingdom. Based on this vote, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says such a referendum can only happen “once in a generation”.
However, the SNP believes Brexit to be a game-changer, with Scots opposing it 62% in 2016. The goal of the SNP is for Scotland to join the European Union as an independent state.
The Supreme Court was asked to determine whether the Scottish Parliament had the power to legislate to hold this referendum without the consent of the British government.
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