Slim majority of Scots now back independence because of Brexit – poll

LONDON (Reuters) – A slim majority of Scots now support independence, bolstered by the support of those who previously rejected a split from the United Kingdom but who now back it because of their opposition to Brexit, according to a poll published on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: Demonstrators take part in a pro-Scottish Independence rally in Glasgow, Scotland, November 2, 2019. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

The survey found that 51% supported independence, YouGov said, the first time the pollster had found majority backing for a “Yes” to secession since 2015.

Scotland’s nationalist First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wants to hold another referendum but British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has refused permission, and no vote can take place without the consent of the government in Westminster.

In 2014, Scots voted to remain in the United Kingdom by 55% to 45%. However, members of Scotland’s parliament on Wednesday voted in favour of a new poll, arguing that Britain’s impending departure from the European Union, which a majority of Scots opposed, had changed the circumstances.

The poll found that more than


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