Blow to SNP hopes as poll shows no independence Brexit bounce

And supporters cheered on the SNP leader as she promised change for Scotland in the wake of Brexit.

It will run until St Andrew's Day on 30 November and a website - www.survey2016.scot - has been set up to collect people's views.

Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister, is facing an upward struggle, however, according to a YouGov survey that found a...

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks at the public Question and Answer event with European Union nationals living in Scotland, at the Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, Scotland August 17, 2016.

In extracts from the book in the Sunday Times magazine, Ms Sturgeon said she is uncertain if she could have been a mother as well as leading Scotland's devolved government.

Despite the "no" to independence in 2014, the campaign galvanized the SNP, which now has 56 of the 59 seats allocated to Scotland in the British parliament in London.

Following the vote to leave the EU Sturgeon says independence may offer Scotland the greatest stability.

Ms Rhodes says the First Minister has now allowed her to mention what happened. "We want to build, if we can, a consensus on the way forward".

The event comes almost two years on from the September 2014 referendum, which saw Scots vote by 55% to 45% in favour or remaining in the United Kingdom.

She lambasted the United Kingdom government's failure to prepare for a "Leave" victory in June's Brexit referendum as "reckless and irresponsible" and warned that the result would badly damage the Scottish economy.

SNP will deploy its 120,000 party members to ask voters door-to-door how they feel, and what could be done differently to win a future vote on independence.

A Scottish referendum, if approved by parliament, was expected in two years.

Victory in a second independence referendum would be the only way of possibly retaining membership as an independent member state.

The Scottish Government is already drawing up legislation that could pave the way for another ballot on independence, and while Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats have all vowed to oppose this, the minority SNP administration could see a referendum bill passed if it is backed by the Scottish Greens. "I'd like to think yes, because I could have shown that having a child wasn't a barrier to all of this, but in truth I don't know", she said.

"Labour are talking about Scotland's future, whilst the SNP want to drag us back to the arguments of the past".

But Theresa May yesterday said of a referendum: "I don't think it's a question of whether there could be, I think it's a question of whether there should be. We couldn't be further away from 2014, and numerous main arguments used in the [no] campaign have fallen apart".

Scottish Labour fell to third in this year's Holyrood, behind the Tories - and today's poll suggests that the party's support has yet to hit rock bottom.

Nicola Sturgeon was addressing her party faithful today, attacking the "disgraceful" and "reckless" Tories for inflicting Brexit on an unwilling Scotland.

Sturgeon now wants to gauge opinion on whether independence is a viable alternative again and under what terms, a person familiar with the plan told Reuters.

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