POLL: Should Scotland have another independence referendum after Gove opens door for vote?

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has demanded that Westminster grants the country a second referendum on independence yet again. While officially the UK government is opposed to the move, earlier today Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove left the door open for a second poll.

Writing in the Mail on Sunday, he said: “The principle that the people of Scotland, in the right circumstances, can ask that question again is there.

“I just don’t think that it is right, and the public doesn’t think it is right, to ask that question at the moment.

“If it is the case that there is clearly a settled will in favour of a referendum, then one will occur.”

In the 2014 referendum a resounding majority of Scots opted to remain in the UK – crushing the lifelong ambition of the then-SNP leader Alex Salmond of seeing an independent Scotland.

It appeared that it had ended the long-standing debate.

But his successor Ms Sturgeon vocally demanded a second poll after Brexit.

She argued that Scotland was being forced to leave the bloc “against its will” after the country voted by a majority to stay attached to Brussels.

Overall, the UK opted by 52 percent to 48 percent to leave.

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Ahead of May’s Holyrood election the SNP said it would hold another referendum if it gained a majority.

It fell one seat short but argued that there is still a pro-separation majority at Holyrood, thanks to Green Party support.

Ian Blackford MP, the SNP’s Westminster chief, insisted that this shows another referendum is the “settled will” of the Scottish public.

He said: “It should not be news that the Tories are finally waking up to the fact that the people of Scotland have expressed their democratic wishes in an election that they want their future to be put into their hands.

“The fundamental point Michael Gove missed is that the people of Scotland have spoken and expressed their settled will that they want to hold a referendum when they elected a majority of independence-supporting MSPs to the Scottish Parliament just over two months ago.

“If Boris Johnson continues to ignore the mandate given by the people of Scotland to hold a referendum then he will continue to tell the people of Scotland that their opinion does not matter.”

Recent polls have shown a decline in support for leaving the UK, after a surge last year.

A Panelbase survey of 1,287 Scottish residents, published in June, found only 48 percent want independence once the undecideds are excluded.

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