A new poll has found a majority of Scots are now in favour of independence which Scotland’s First Minister described as phenomenal.
The Lord Ashcroft poll puts support for independence at 46% and 43% against.
When those who said they did not know how they would vote, or said they would not vote, were removed, support for independence was at 52% and 48% were against.
— Lord Ashcroft (@LordAshcroft) August 5, 2019
The online poll questioned 1,019 adults in Scotland between July 30 and August 2.
It found 47% felt there should be a second independence referendum within the next two years, with 45% against the proposal.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “This is a phenomenal poll for the independence movement – showing that more and more people think it’s time that Scotland took our own decisions and shaped our own future as a fair, prosperous, outward-looking nation.”
Ms Sturgeon said the case for independence was growing stronger by the day as Scotland is “dragged towards a no-deal Brexit”.
Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said: “We didn’t vote for Brexit, we didn’t vote for a Tory government and I’m certain that given the choice we wouldn’t have voted for Boris Johnson either – yet we are being dragged along with the ever increasing Brexit catastrophe.
“It’s no wonder that a majority of Scots now recognise the need for us to make an exit from Boris Johnson’s Brexit Britain.
“We already have a mandate to hold an independence referendum, yet the Tory Government has threatened to block a request.
“This would be an affront to democracy, and is wholly untenable in the face of public support for a vote.”