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Outspoken SNP backbencher, John Mason MSP, has said a divisive second independence referendum should not be called unless support for leaving the UK reaches 60-70%.

This echoes what senior SNP sources have previously said, despite Nicola Sturgeon’s public demands for an unwanted second referendum.

The First Minister also previously promised voters there would not be another contest without ‘clear and sustained evidence’ the people of Scotland want one – something which has failed to materialise.

The most recent opinion poll showed that only 17 per cent of Scots support another contest ‘immediately’. Pamela Nash, chief executive of Scotland in Union, said:

“John Mason has issued a timely reminder that the SNP said it would not agitate for a divisive second referendum unless support for leaving the UK reached over 60 per cent.

“The overwhelming majority of polls show that most Scots want to remain in the UK, despite being bombarded with a relentless daily campaign from the SNP.

“The SNP has a track record of breaking promises – we were told the 2014 contest would be a ‘once-in-a-generation’ vote; and Nicola Sturgeon insisted there had to be ‘clear and sustained evidence’ for another referendum.

“The nationalists simply can’t be trusted to be honest with voters. Scotland deserves better.”


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