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Scottish voters remain divided on independence after new referendum bid

LONDON (Reuters) – Voters in Scotland remain evenly split on whether or not they support independence from the rest of Britain, a poll published by the Sunday Times showed, days after the Scottish government laid out plans for a referendum on the topic next year.

Last week, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced plans to hold a second independence referendum in October 2023 and vowed to take legal action if the British government blocks it.

The Panelbase poll showed that 48% of respondents were in favor of independence, 47% opposed and 5% did not know. A previous Panelbase online poll in April had 47% in favor and 49% against.

The latest results were based on a sample size of 1,010 people.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his ruling Conservative Party strongly oppose a referendum, saying the issue was resolved in 2014 when Scots voted 55% to 45% against independence.

Other polls in 2022 vary, with some showing a similar split to the 2014 result and others showing the gap narrowing.

(Reporting by William James; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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