VOTERS in Scotland have resoundingly told Theresa May not to stand in the way of a second referendum on Scottish independence.

In a Survation poll commissioned by the SNP on whether Holyrood or Westminster should have the final say on whether a further ballot on independence should be held, 59% chose the Scottish Parliament.

Just 30% though the decision should rest with London.

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And in a stark warning to Jeremy Corbyn, the poll revealed that 57% of Labour voters want Holyrood to make the decision, not Westminster.

The poll came as the Prime Minister’s official spokesman once again chided the Scottish Government that they’ve already had their referendum, and that “now is not the time” for another.

The warning from Number 10 came as Nicola Sturgeon refused to rule out holding a second referendum on Scottish independence before the next Holyrood elections.

Asked by ITV Border if there would be a second independence referendum before the next Holyrood election, she replied “That’s possible.”

“Would you like there to be one?” the journalist added.

“I’d like there to be a second independence referendum yesterday, and failing yesterday, tomorrow. But it’s not just down to what I want, it’s down to what’s in the best interest of the country.”

The First Minister is due to address delegates when she closes the SNP’s conference in Glasgow this afternoon.

Party members yesterday backed a topical resolution mandating their MPs to seek an extension of the Article 50 negotiating period, and to vote for a new referendum on Brexit “if that choice is put to the House of Commons”.

The First Minister said her party’s support for the so-called “people’s vote” was not conditional.

Speaking to the BBC, she said: “The reason I said SNP MPs will vote for another EU referendum – if that comes before the House of Commons I don’t know whether it will – is if that opportunity presents itself, I don’t think it would be right for us to stand in the way of people elsewhere in the UK getting the chance to change their minds and it would also, I think, be odd for us not to grasp an opportunity for Scotland to reaffirm its vote to remain in the EU.”

She added: “I will be very frank, it doesn’t necessary resolve the problems Scotland found itself in, yes we can look at options that might protect Scotland’s position, but fundamentally the only real protection for Scotland against having decisions imposed on us against our will is for Scotland to become independent.

Sturgeon added that her support didn’t mean there would need to be a similar “people’s vote” if Scots ever backed independence.

She said the difference in position came down to a lack of detail.

While Brexiteers at the 2016 referendum only had “a lie on the side of the bus and nothing more,” back in 2014, Sturgeon said, those advocating independence offered “a detailed proposition, setting out the implications, setting out in advance some of the compromises that would be required – currency union, for example, continued regulatory harmony.

“So people knew what they were voting for.”

The First Minister later told Sky News that she wanted Scotland to remain in the single market after Brexit under the same backstop deal as Northern Ireland.

Sturgeon said: “If we are looking down the road to a situation where Belfast is still in the single market, and Glasgow is not, then any responsible First Minister of Scotland is going to say ‘that’s a big worry for us’.”

Prime Minister Theresa May’s official spokesman said: “We have made our position on this repeatedly clear.

“Scotland already had an independence referendum just four years ago and voted decisively to remain in the UK. This should be respected.

“As the Prime Minister has said, now is not the time for a second independence referendum, now is the time for the United Kingdom to be pulling together to get the right deal for the United Kingdom and the right deal for Scotland in our (Brexit) negotiations.”

In her speech today, the First Minister will tell the party faithful to go from conference and offer voters “optimism and hope”.

She is expected to say: “Just think how much more hope will be possible when we take Scotland’s future into Scotland’s hands and become an independent country. An independent Scotland, just as Scotland is now, will be a beacon for progressive values – equality, opportunity, diversity and fairness.”