Poll finds nearly half of Scots 'opposed to independence referendum before Brexit'

Poll finds nearly half of Scots 'opposed to independence referendum before Brexit'

Almost half of Scots do not want a second independence referendum to be held before the UK quits the European Union (EU), an opinion poll has suggested.

New research by Survation for the Scottish Daily Mail found 46% would oppose a fresh ballot on independence taking place before Brexit.

But two-fifths (41%) said they would support a second independence referendum ahead of the UK's EU departure. Almost one in 10 (9%) backed neither option while 4% said they did not know.

Survation questioned 1,019 people in Scotland between March 8 and March 13 - the day First Minister Nicola Sturgeon made the surprise announcement that she will seek to stage a ballot on leaving the UK.

Just over a third (36%) said Theresa May should refuse to give Holyrood the power to stage another independence ballot, although 31% said the British Prime Minister should agree to this.

Almost a fifth (18%) said Mrs May should consent to a second referendum being held, but on the condition that it does not take place until after the UK exits the EU in 2019, while 14% said they did not know what the British Prime Minister should do.

The poll also found that 48% would vote No again if there was another referendum. Support for independence was 43% while 9% said they were undecided.

When "don't knows" were removed from the poll, if gave a majority of 53% for the Union, with 47% backing independence.

But a YouGov poll for The Times showed a larger majority in favour on Scotland staying part of Britain.

It found 57% backed staying inside the UK and 43% wanted independence, once "don't knows" and those not prepared to vote were excluded.

The research, carried out between March 9 and March 14, questioned 1,028 people.

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