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Nicola Sturgeon handed devastating poll on independence - support for Union on the rise

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The SNP are demanding a second referendum on Scottish independence following the unionist win in the 2014 vote. They fell just one seat short of a majority in last week’s Scottish parliament elections, which Ms Sturgeon claims proves her aim to take Scotland out of the UK has far-reaching support.

However a new Savanta ComRes poll indicates support for independence is declining.

It found 49 percent of Scots would vote ‘No’ to independence versus just 43 percent for ‘Yes’.

When the undecideds are excluded, this puts the union ahead by 53 percent to 47 percent.

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Support for Scotland leaving the UK is falling according to a recent poll (Image: GETTY)

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Nicola Sturgeon is demanding a second independence referendum (Image: GETTY)

Ms Sturgeon pledged to push ahead with plans for a second independence referendum after last week’s election result.

Together with the Greens, the SNP has a nationalist majority in the Scottish Parliament.

This is despite most Scots voting for pro-UK parties in the constituency vote.

In total the SNP took 64 Scottish Parliament seats, a rise of one on their previous figure.

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Scotland voted to remain part of the UK in 2014 (Image: GETTY)

The Tories secured 31, Labour 22, the Green’s eight and the Liberal Democrats four.

After the vote Ms Sturgeon said another poll on Scotland leaving the UK is “a matter of when, not if”.

She added: “If Boris Johnson wants to stop that he would have to go to court.”

The Prime Minister is opposed to a second referendum and has urged Ms Sturgeon to focus on Scotland’s coronavirus recovery.

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In 2014 'No' to independence won with 55 percent of the vote (Image: GETTY)

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Boris Johnson is urging Ms Sturgeon to focus on Scotland's coronavirus recovery (Image: GETTY)

Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross argued there is no referendum mandate after last week’s election.

He tweeted: “The Scottish Conservatives have stopped an SNP majority, stopped indyref2 and won more votes than ever before.”

In a separate blow to Ms Sturgeon a recent survey found Scotland has the worst performing education system in the UK.

This underperformance is particularly pronounced amongst younger pupils.

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Scotland would have to commit to the Euro to rejoin the EU (Image: EXPRESS )

The research was conducted by the Legatum Institute’s Centre for UK Prosperity.

It found just 71 percent of Scottish primary students leave school with the expected literacy level, six points down on the UK average.

It also concluded many Scottish councils are “struggling to deliver key services”.

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Douglas Ross argues there is no mandate for indyref2 (Image: GETTY)

Jamie Greene, the Scottish Conservative education spokesperson, condemned the SNP’s record.

He tweeted: “A generation of school pupils have been let down by the SNP.”

The Savanta ComRes poll of 1,001 people was conducted across Scotland between May 11 and May 14.

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