Nicola Sturgeon urged to abandon plans for second Scottish independence referendum – POLL

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The exclusive survey of readers found that 91 percent backed calls for the SNP leader to abandon her plans for a second vote. A total of 5,271 people responded to the question: “To reduce tensions should Nicola Sturgeon abandon her plans for a second Scottish independence referendum?”

A whopping 4,740 (91 percent) agreed, while just 476 (8 percent) disagreed and 55 (1 percent) didn’t know.

Many pointed out that the 2014 referendum was billed as a “once in a generation” opportunity and should therefore be respected.

The country voted by a margin of 55 percent to 45 percent to remain in the UK.

Ms Sturgeon, whose SNP are the Scottish Parliament’s largest party but do not have an overall majority, claims that Brexit changed everything.

But many right-thinking Brits saw through this facade, and sent the crystal clear message that a second vote is not on the cards in their views.

As well as voting, scores shared their views on Ms Sturgeon and the SNP for their attempts to bully Westminster into granting a second poll.

One wrote: “Does she even read the comments? It’s shocking the way she is dividing Scotland and England especially and I am Scottish.

“Stop it now. We need a United Kingdom to get through this virus and get our economy back on track.

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“P.S the decent people of Scotland do not hate English people. I personally love visiting England and have done for years.”

Another said: “(Ms Sturgeon) should concentrate on rebuilding Scotland after the devastating effects of Covid and her mismanagement of the country’s finances.

“Rather than continue her narrow-minded attempts to become the first president of an independent Scotland.”

And a third said: “Don’t group all Scots under the same umbrella.

“There are real Scots and there is the SNP who are not interested in Scotland, but only in themselves.”

The poll came after former prime minister Gordon Brown urged Ms Sturgeon to ditch her plans for a second referendum before 2023.

She plans to pass it through the Scottish Parliament by using votes from the Scottish Greens – who also back independence.

Boris Johnson has ruled out allowing a vote but sources say he is unlikely to block it.

Mr Brown, a Scot himself, is a vocal proponent of Unionism and wants the SNP to focus on rebuilding Scotland – not breaking up the UK.

Writing for the Daily Telegraph Mr Brown vowed “I will not be silent” in the debate over a second referendum.

He warned nationalism is rising across Europe and has become “the dominant ideology of our age.”

Mr Brown said: “We thought this clenched fist nationalism had ended in the first half of the twentieth century.

“But, in our time, it has reappeared all over Europe: in the propaganda of Le Pens’ remodelled French National Front, Germany’s ADF, Italy’s League of Brothers, the Wilders party in the Netherlands, and even in social-democratic Scandinavia.

“Political nationalism has become, once again, the dominant ideology of our age.”

In his article Mr Brown warned Britain could be heading for a constitutional crisis.

He wrote: “I foresee a major constitutional crisis next year as the Scottish nationalists demand another referendum and I will not be silent.

“The very existence of our country now depends on whether we can rescue patriotism from the clutches of this narrow nationalism by addressing the deeply felt economic, social, cultural, and political grievances that Boris Johnson will continue to misinterpret unless he starts to listen to more knowledgeable voices on the ground in Scotland and elsewhere.”

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