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More Scots support independence because of Brexit

More Scots support independence because of BrexitSupport for Scottish independence rose last month after British Prime Minister Theresa May came out in favor of Britain making a clean break with the European Union, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

BMG survey for Herald Scotland indicated 49 percent of Scots now support independence - a 3 point rise from a previous poll - with 51 percent opposing it, after "don't know" votes are removed.

However, a majority - 56 percent to 44 percent - still oppose holding another independence vote before Britain leaves the EU.

In 2014, Scots voted roughly 55 percent to 45 percent to remain in the United Kingdom. But last year's Britain-wide vote to leave the EU changed the landscape.

Scotland's devolved parliament rejected May's plans for how to exit the EU in a symbolic, non-binding vote on Tuesday, a demonstration of the divisions between London and Scotland when it comes to Brexit.

A majority of Scots backed staying in the EU, and the Scottish National Party (SNP), the biggest party in Scotland's parliament, has said that there should be another independence vote if its views on Brexit are rejected.

A report by Dundee-based newspaper the Courier said that May believes Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is two weeks away from demanding a second referendum on independence. According to the newspaper, British PM is developing a secret strategy to deal with the issue. May's aides and the Conservative Party are laying the groundwork for talks with Scottish National Party ministers over a second constitutional vote, the newspaper reported.
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