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60% of Scots want Sturgeon to scrap her plans to hold a second independence referendum. Even a third of Yes voters want the SNP to think again. A clear majority of Scots are now opposed to leaving the UK. Sturgeon has said she wants to “reflect” on the SNP’s loss of MPs at Westminster.
LONDON – Nicola Sturgeon’s dreams of holding a second Scottish independence referendum could be at an end after a new poll found a large majority of Scots want her to drop her plans.
The Daily Record poll found that 60% of Scots want her to scrap her calls for another referendum with just 27% saying she should continue.
Even a third of voters who backed ‘Yes’ in the last referendum want her to think again according to the poll.
The findings follows the SNP’s loss of 21 seats in last week’s general election, which Sturgeon’s party fought on a platform of holding a second referendum at the end of Brexit negotiations.
The independence referendum of 2014 was won by ‘No’ to independence, by 55% to 45% who voted ‘Yes’.
Survation’s poll found that if the referendum were to be re-run today, ‘No’ would win by a bigger margin of 57% to 43%.
Following her party’s poor showing in last week’s vote, Sturgeon said she would have to “reflect carefully” on plans for a second referendum.
Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, said that the proposed referendum was “dead”
In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Sturgeon, the first minister of Scotland, said that “most of [the] media speculation about #ScotRef is nonsense”
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Scottish Labour’s election campaign manager James Kelly told the Daily Record “It is a devastating finding for the SNP, which backs up the message that voters sent the First Minister in last week’s election.”
Sturgeon has called on Prime Minister Theresa May to put Brexit negotiations on hold until a “four-nation,” cross-party consensus can be found.