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Nicola Sturgeon will ‘not succeed’ in her independence bid for Scotland, Jeremy Hunt has warned. The former Health Secretary explained that the Scottish people will be reluctant to return to a “bitterly divisive” referendum, especially after the pandemic. This comes as the SNP confirmed that they will make the case for Indyref2 in the 2021 Holyrood elections.
Mr Hunt told ITV Peston: “I think there is an overwhelming mood in the country.
“Having been through the year that we’ve been through, people want to come together.
“Actually some of the things that we thought were incredibly important before, in the face of a horrible pandemic, people are getting a sense of perspective.
“That is why, incidentally, I don’t think Nicola Sturgeon will succeed in her independence bid.”
He continued: “I think people in Scotland remember just how bitterly divisive it was.
“Families members were set against each other when they had the last referendum in 2014.”
Despite the Conservative MP’s claim, support for Scottish independence is now consistently higher than support for the Union, according to many polls.
A recent Ipsos Mori survey found that 58 percent of the Scottish are in favour of leaving the UK compared to 42 percent for staying.
In the original 2014 vote, the results landed on 55 percent to 45 percent for the country to remain part of the UK.
Additionally, the SNP is expected to win over 53 percent of the constituency vote in the Holyrood election, according to a commissioned Panelbase poll.
Ms Sturgeon has confirmed that if her party succeeds, she will use the victory at the Scottish Election 2021 as a mandate to demand a second referendum.
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The First Minister called the May election “the most important in Scotland’s history”.
However, her plans could be scuppered once more by Boris Johnson.
The UK Prime Minister has already said that he will refuse to grant a vote on independence.
Former British leader, Sir John Major, recently urged Mr Johnson to hold two Scottish independence referendums, one on the principle of independence, but with a second ‘yes’ vote – on the outcome of the negotiations – required for Scotland to leave the Union.
He explained that this may be the best way to keep the UK together as Scottish voters “would know what they were voting for”.
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