‘Independence has been damaged!’ Iain Dale warns Sturgeon referendum win unlikely

Nicola Sturgeon: Dale warns of drop in independence support

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Nicola Sturgeon’s dreams of an independent Scotland could be shattered following chaos in the SNP. Journalist Iain Dale said the First Minister is relieved after finding that she did not break the ministerial code but it could still harm her chances of having a referendum. Speaking to the Jeremy Vine Show, Mr Dale said: “The fact is the calls for independence has been damaged over the past couple of months.

“I think there were 20 polls in a row that showed support for independence over 50 percent.

“Some of the recent polls are showing a great decline in that either to 50/50 or under.

“Nicola Sturgeon breathed a huge sigh of relief yesterday and will continue as leader of the SNP and the key now is what happens in the Scottish elections.

“If the SNP get a majority of votes or a majority of seats and they say in the manifesto that they want another referendum, I don’t think Boris Johnson can go against that.”

It comes as a new report has claimed division within the SNP could be impacting support for Scottish independence, a new report has claimed.

Scotland’s governing party has been hit by internal disputes, with former first minister Alex Salmond claiming leading figures in the SNP had been involved in a conspiracy against him.

Meanwhile, his successor Nicola Sturgeon is facing a vote of no confidence in the Scottish Parliament, with opposition leaders claiming she misled Parliament with regard to what she told MSPs about her knowledge of harassment allegations made against Mr Salmond.

Ms Sturgeon was grilled by MSPs for eight hours as a Holyrood committee investigates the Scottish Government’s botched handling of complaints against the former First Minister.

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The think tank Onward commissioned two polls on support for Scottish independence – with these taking place just before and after the First Minister’s committee appearance.

In the first of these, 56 percent said they would vote Yes in a second referendum, with 44 percent favouring staying in the UK.

But the second poll carried out a week later put support for independence at 53 percent, with 47 percent opposed.

The think tank said that while support for independence was “at historical highs” it was also “extremely volatile”.

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Its new State of the Union report said: “In our second wave poll, conducted a week later, the Yes lead fell by five percentage points driven in large part by a nine-point swing among women and a 25-point swing among 18 to 24-year-olds towards No.

“This was the week that Nicola Sturgeon gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament inquiry into the Salmond trial, suggesting that division within the independence movement is affecting vote intention.”

With the SNP using May’s Holyrood elections to push for a second referendum, Onward said its poll had found almost half (49 percent) of all Scots wanted coronavirus to be “completely eliminated in Scotland” before such a vote is held.

This including 48 percent of Yes voters, according to the think tank, which stated: “It is clear that, however much they may support independence in principle, Scottish voters want politicians to focus on the immediate crisis of the pandemic, rather than independence.”

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