Half of Scots don't want independence vote before Brexit: YouGov poll

The Union flag,The Scottish Saltire and The European flag fly at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh Scotland, Britain March 21, 2017.
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LONDON - Nearly half of Scottish voters do not want another referendum on independence from the United Kingdom before it leaves the European Union, according to a YouGov poll published in The Times newspaper on Friday.

According to the poll 49 per cent of Scots are against a referendum being held between the autumn of 2018 and the spring of 2019 - the timetable proposed by Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Some 37 per cent supported this timetable, while 14 per cent did not know.

A survey by Kantar, published on Tuesday, found most Scottish voters do not want another referendum.

Scots voted by a wide margin to stick with the European Union in last June's referendum, clashing with the UK as a whole which voted to leave.

Scotland's devolved government, run by Sturgeon's Scottish National Party (SNP), says this means the country should be given a new chance to decide whether it wants to split from the UK.

The central government in London opposes this.

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