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Nicola Sturgeon boosted by Scottish independence poll as SNP ramps up drive to leave UK

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Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s party is divided over how to take Scotland out of the union. If a second independence referendum is blocked, the Scottish National Party (SNP) wants to have alternative routes up its sleeves.

A recent poll carried out by Survation, conducted on behalf of the pro-independence Scot Goes Pop blog, found that more than half of Scots think their country should be outside of the UK.

Of those polled, 51 percent backed independence while 49 percent believe Scotland should remain part of the UK.

Before don’t knows are excluded, the figures are 45 percent for yes, 43 percent for no and 12 percent for don’t know.

And the survey showed female voters are more likely to vote for independence.

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The poll of 1,020 Scots found that 55 percent of women said they would vote out, compared with 45 percent of men.

And support was for the cause was shown to be particularly high among the younger generation.

More than three quarters (78 percent) of those aged 25-34 said they support independence.

SNP Depute Leader Keith Brown seized on the results to forward the party’s rallying call for IndyRef2.

He accused Boris Johnson’s Government of denying Scots their democratic rights in a “Trump-like fashion”.

In January 2020 the Prime Minister replied to a letter from the First Minister by rejecting a second vote on Scottish independence.

Mr Brown said: “With 19 consecutive polls putting support for independence above 50 percent, it’s clear that people in Scotland believe they have the right to decide their own future – rather than being subjected to Westminster governments that they don’t vote for, led by the likes of Boris Johnson.

“By imposing a devastating hard Brexit in the middle of a global pandemic, launching a power grab on our Scottish Parliament and denying democracy in an increasingly Trump-like fashion, the Tories at Westminster have shown that they can’t be trusted to act in Scotland’s interests.

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“Majority support for independence is now the established position of the people of Scotland.

“And no wonder, when only independence will enable the people of Scotland to build a fairer, greener, more prosperous country.

“Scotland has the right to escape the Brexit mess caused by the Tories, and choose a better future as an equal, independent nation in Europe.”

The Survation poll was conducted between January 11 and 13.

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The results came after the SNP announced the creation of a taskforce to support its campaign for independence.

But Ms Sturgeon’s group faced criticism from opposition parties for not focusing on the coronavirus pandemic.

The taskforce could be the “final piece in the jigsaw” for achieving independence, according to Mr Brown.

But Scottish Labour constitution spokesman and leadership candidate Anas Sarwar said: “The SNP’s priorities are wrong. Right now, political leaders should be focused on the coronavirus crisis, the vaccination programme and creating stability for the people of Scotland.

“As we emerge from the pandemic, what is needed is a taskforce on jobs, health and education – not on independence.”

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross said the announcement proved the SNP are “stuck in the Holyrood bubble with no clue about the priorities of people across Scotland”.

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