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Nicola Sturgeon’s independence dream in tatters as voting intention poll released

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The Scottish First Minister has always pledged a majority for her SNP party at next year’s Holyrood elections will give her the mandate to hold a second vote to unshackle Scotland from the UK. But today she was warned her plan is “looking decidedly ropey” after the latest figures from Savanta ComRes revealed Scottish voting intentions.

The Constituency results showed the SNP in the lead with 50 percent of the vote share, compared to the Conservatives at 23 percent, Labour (18 percent) and the Lib Dems (6 percent).

While the regional voting intentions showed the Nationalist party with 41 percent of the vote, the Scottish Tories at 21 percent, Labour (18 percent), Green Party ( 11 percent) and the Liberal Democrats with just 7 percent of the share.

Lib Dem MP Alex Cole-Hamilton tweeted: “That #indyref2 majority looking decidedly ropey…”

Another said: “That would not be a mandate to try and hold another independence referendum.”

The news comes after Ms Sturgeon pledged next year’s Holyrood election will “make the case for Scotland to become an independent country and seek a clear endorsement of Scotland’s right to choose our own future”.

In September, the SNP leader set out her legislative plan revealing proposals for a draft Bill on a separation vote following the approval of a Plan B motion.

The party agreed to the wording of a motion which could see the next Holyrood elections turn into a de facto independence referendum.

She is hoping an election victory at Holyrood will force Prime Minister Boris Johnson to grant a second vote.

This is despite Mr Johnson making it clear there will be no second independence vote after the 2014 vote stressing no Section 30 referendum order would be granted.

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Speaking on the Andrew Marr show this month, the Prime minister said: “What I would say is that, as we have been saying throughout this conversation, this country has a big job of building back better from coronavirus.

“I don’t think this is the time, quite frankly, for us to have another referendum. We had a referendum in 2014.

“We were told it was a once in a generation event by the leaders of the Scottish Nationalist Party.”

This comes as a series of polls have found a majority of Scots now want independence.

 

The latest survey, by Savanta ComRes, showed 53 percent of people backed independence, with 47 percent against.

Scots voted against becoming an independent country by 55 percent to 45 percent in 2014, in what was billed as a “once in a generation” vote.

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