Nicola Sturgeon grilled by Justin Webb over border plans

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According to the new poll, support for Scottish independence has dropped down to the same level as the result of the 2014 referendum. The First Minister wants to hold a second independence vote if the SNP win a majority in Thursday’s Holyrood election.

A poll conducted by YouGov for The Times found that 45 percent of people would vote ‘yes’ and 55 percent said they would vote ‘no’ for an independent Scotland.

YouGov surveyed 1,144 people aged 16 or older between May 2 and May 4.

The percentage for voting ‘yes’ fell by two points and for ‘no’ went up by two points since last month.

However, the poll also found that SNP remains on course to win a seven-seat majority this week.

Ms Sturgeon has said she wants to hold a second referendum before the end of 2023.

Half of the people surveyed by YouGov said they did not want to have another independence vote within Ms Sturgeon’s time frame.

Only 34 percent were in favour of another referendum within that time frame.

Earlier this week, Ms Sturgeon said that Prime Minister Boris Johnson was “not entitled to stand in the way of the democratic choices of the people of Scotland”.

The First Minister said he would have to take the Scottish government to court to stop a second referendum.

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Speaking to Sky News, Ms Sturgeon added: “I’m saying if Boris Johnson wants to stop it, he would have to take legal action.

“If Boris Johnson didn’t do that, by definition it would be a legal referendum. If he did do that, the courts would decide.

“But actually, we’re getting ahead of ourselves here because I believe that if the people of Scotland vote for this, if the support for independence continues, then it is not sustainable for any Westminster Prime Minister to stand in the way.”

Mr Johnson had said he will refuse any request for a second independence vote because the question was settled for a generation in the 2014 referendum.

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross has insisted that a second referendum would be “illegal” without approval from Westminster.

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