UK under threat: Sturgeon receives huge boost after worrying Scottish independence poll

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The poll found 56 percent of respondents believe the Scottish Parliament should go ahead with plans to hold a ‘wildcat’ referendum even if Westminster doesn’t agree to it. The plans would put Holyrood on a collision course with Westminster after Prime Minister Boris Johnson repeatedly refused a Section 30 order, which transfers the power to hold a second vote from Westminster to Holyrood.

It could result in a court battle between Holyrood and Westminster if Mr Johnson decides to take the Scottish Government to court over their actions.

The poll by the Panelbase for the ScotGoesPop! Blog and supported by the National asked: “There are differing legal opinions on whether the Scottish Parliament currently has the power to hold a consultative referendum on independence without Westminster’s permission.

“If the UK government continues to refuse to give permission, do you think the Scottish Parliament should legislate to hold a referendum and then allow the courts to decide whether it can take place?”

UK under threat: Sturgeon receives huge boost after worrying Scottish independence poll

Nicola Sturgeon is desperate to drag the UK out of the Union (Image: EXPRESS)

Fifty-six percent of the respondents agreed with the statement, while 44 percent disagreed.

SNP depute leader Keith Brown told The National: “This new poll demolishes the Tories’ tired claim that there is no demand for an independence referendum – the reality is that people want one and they want it to be made in Scotland, not in Westminster.

“Support for independence is growing every day, with the latest polling showing a majority for Yes – and the longer the Tories try to block a referendum the higher support for independence will rise.”

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UK under threat: Sturgeon receives huge boost after worrying Scottish independence poll

Boris Johnson photographed leaving No10 Downing Street for PMQs (Image: 10 Downing Street)

SNP MSP Alex Neil added: “If Boris Johnson continues to deny the right of the Scottish people to decide their own future, clearly we need to look at other options.

“But, I agree with the First Minister, we have got to give democracy every chance, so if we get to 2021 and the SNP win an overall majority on the back of a mandate for indyref2 then democratically and morally Johnson cannot say no.

“If he continues to say no, and defy the wishes of the Scottish people, we cannot take no for an answer and we have got to look at every possible legal way to force the issue.

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UK under threat: Sturgeon receives huge boost after worrying Scottish independence poll

Sturgeon receives huge boost after worrying Scottish independence poll (Image: GETTY)

“But let’s try and force him into accepting the wishes of the people first if we win that mandate next year.”

The poll results come after Nicola Sturgeon insisted she does not want to hold a “wildcat” referendum and any second vote would have to follow the “gold standard” set in the previous 2014 vote.

The poll was carried out between January 28 and 31.

The Prime Minister has so far refused to cave to Ms Sturgeon’s demands for a referendum on Scottish independence, telling her the previous 2014 vote must be respected.

He has pledged to “never give up on our incredible Union” in a direct warning to Ms Sturgeon.

Mr Johnson wrote a letter to Ms Sturgeon last month saying he had “carefully considered” the case she had put forward but told the Scottish leader she and her predecessor Alex Salmond had made a “personal promise” to honour the “once in a generation” 2014 vote.

He said: “The UK government will continue to uphold the democratic decision of the Scottish people and the promise that you made to them. For that reason, I cannot agree to any request for a transfer of power that would lead to further independence referendums.

“Another independence referendum would continue the political stagnation that Scotland has seen for the last decade, with Scottish schools, hospitals and jobs again left behind because of a campaign to separate the UK.

“It is time that we all worked to bring the whole of the United Kingdom together and unleash the potential of this great country.”

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