Sturgeon’s SNP dealt crushing blow as No10 hardens stance on second independence vote

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Nicola Sturgeon plans to publish draft legislation to hold a second referendum next year ahead of the Holyrood election in 2021. But Scottish Secretary Alister Jack said there will not be another one in this generation. Speaking to the BBC, Mr Jack said: “It’s very clear it’s a no because a generation hasn’t passed.

“We’ve had two referenda in the last six years and they’ve been quite divisive for our society.

“They’ve created a lot of uncertainty for business.

“All we need to do now is focus on rebuilding our economy and give business certainty that creates more jobs and improves people’s livelihoods.”

The BBC’s Glenn Campbell asked: “So it’s a no from the British Government regardless of the result of the election?”

Mr Jack continued: “It’s a no for a generation.

“Is it 25 years or is it 40 years? But it’s certainly not six years nor ten.”

It comes as a new opinion poll suggests support for Scottish independence is at 54 percent, with the SNP taking the largest share of the vote in the Holyrood elections.

A Survation poll put the SNP on 54 percent in the constituency vote and 43 percent for the regional list vote.

The Scottish Conservatives stood at 19 percent in the constituency vote and 17 percent in the list vote, with Scottish Labour at 18 percent and 19 percent respectively.

The Liberal Democrats were at 7 percent in both the constituency and regional list vote.

Support for all other parties was at 2 percent in the constituency vote and the Scottish Greens were at 10 perfect in the regional list vote.

Survation contacted an online panel of 1,071 people between October 28 and November 4.


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Respondents were asked: “If there was a referendum tomorrow with the question ‘Should Scotland be an independent country?’, how would you vote?”

The poll put support for Yes at 54 percent and No at 46 percent when undecideds were removed.

This represents a one percent increase in the Yes vote from Survation’s previous poll in early September.

In a tweet responding to the poll, Nicola Sturgeon referred to the US elections, where ballots in some states are still being counted.

She said: “More very strong polling for independence and the SNP – but as we see playing out in real-time in USA #Election2020, it’s votes that count not polls. Let’s stay focused on leading Scotland well through these tough times.”

In response to the BBC interview with Mr Jack, she said: “As we’re seeing across the Atlantic just now, politicians who rage against democracy don’t prevail. Let’s not dignify this rubbish.

“Instead let’s keep making and winning the case for independence. Power doesn’t belong to politicians – it belongs to the people.”

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