Poll: Two-thirds of Scots believe Brexit makes independence more likely

More than two thirds of Scots believe Brexit could lead to the break-up of the UK, polling suggests.

A survey commissioned by campaigners for a second EU referendum found that 69% of respondents said Brexit would make Scottish independence more likely.

The poll conducted by Populous for the Right to Vote campaign also found that 54% of Scots support a second referendum on the terms of Brexit.

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A poll found 69% of Scots believe Brexit will make independence more likely

It follows a warning from Theresa May that allowing a second EU referendum “could have significant implications for how we handle referendums in this country - not least, strengthening the hand of those campaigning to break up our United Kingdom.”

Have previously rejected any suggestion of a second referendum on Scotland’s future, saying “now is not the time” for another vote on independence, Mrs May also warned in the past week that a no-deal Brexit would put the Union at risk, as she tries to salvage her Brexit deal.

A Downing Street spokesman said on Tuesday that the Prime Minister was underlining her belief that “where the public deliver a verdict, it’s important that verdict is respected”.

Nicola Sturgeon has said she will reveal details of her timetable for a second independence referendum within a “matter of weeks”.

Conservative former minister Dr Phillip Lee, a leading supporter of the Right to Vote campaign, said the poll points to the “potentially catastrophic consequences of the Brexit deal”.

“Time is running out to get a deal that works for the whole of the UK.

“The only way to find a way through the political deadlock is to let the people decide on how the country should proceed, by giving them a final say.”