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Most Scots want to stay in UK despite Brexit, poll suggests

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Most Scots want to stay in UK despite Brexit, poll suggests

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It seems most people in Scotland still want to remain in the United Kingdom – despite the pending Brexit.

According to a YouGov survey published on Saturday, 53 percent want to stay put, while 47 percent back independence.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been seizing on Britain’s divorce from the EU, saying it puts Scottish independence back on the agenda.

That, in the wake of the majority of Scots voting in favour of remaining in the EU bloc – 62 percent in fact. Sturgeon argues it changed the political landscape regarding possible Scottish secession.

For Britain’s new prime minister Theresa May, keeping Scotland in the UK is a priority.

She says she will not trigger the formal mechanism to start EU break-up talks until she’s got an agreement that suits all.

Scots rejected independence by 55-45 percent in a 2014 referendum, but since then, Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party has gone from strength to strength – winning 56 of Scotland’s 59 seats in the British parliament in the 2015 election.

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