Poll: Should Sturgeon call Johnson’s bluff and hold ‘illegal’ referendum?

Express.co.uk readers can vote in our exclusive poll on whether Ms Sturgeon should hold a second independence referendum even if Mr Johnson continues to block her demands. It comes after the Prime Minister last month rejected the SNP leader’s request to hold another ballot.

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But calls are growing for the First Minister to ignore opposition from Westminster and press on with her bid for independence.

A new survey has found that the majority of Scots are in favour of Holyrood legislating to hold a referendum despite Mr Johnson’s refusal to back the move.

The Panelbase poll asked what should happen if the UK Government continues to deny permission for an independence vote.

It asked if the Scottish Parliament should legislate for such a ballot and then allow the courts to decide if it could go ahead.

nicola sturgeon boris johnsonNicola Sturgeon is in a standoff with Boris Johnson over a second Scottish independence referendum (Image: GETTY)

nicola sturgeon boris johnsonThe Prime Minister last month rejected the SNP leader’s request to hold another ballot (Image: GETTY)

Some 56 percent of respondents agreed, while 44 percent opposed.

Meanwhile, SNP MP Joanna Cherry QC has insisted that “now is the moment to begin the preparations” for a second independence referendum.

She called for Holyrood to pass a Bill to hold a referendum and then let the Prime Minister mount a legal challenge on whether they had the power to do so.

The case would be decided at the UK Supreme Court, with Ms Cherry stating: “Many legal experts think we would win the argument.”

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nicola sturgeonCalls are growing for the First Minister to ignore opposition from Westminster and press on with her bid for independence (Image: GETTY)

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