VOTERS in Scotland are split over the timing of a future independence referendum, according to a new poll commissioned by Politico.

About four in 10 (41%) support holding a new vote in the next five years, while a similar number (42%) do not, the Redfield and Wilton Strategies survey found.

Meanwhile, some 34% of respondents supported holding indyref2 in the next year, opposed to 50% who disagreed.

The results reflect other recent polling on the timing of a referendum, with Professor John Curtice warning the figures suggest “it may well not be in the interests of the independence movement to pursue an early referendum”.

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Nicola Sturgeon confirmed her intention to hold an independence referendum in 2023, if the Covid-19 crisis has passed, during last week’s SNP conference.

Most Politico poll respondents said they would vote to stay in the UK (47%-44%), with recent independence polling generally finding Scotland to be very divided on the issue. Last week a poll from Opinium put support for Yes at 51%, but it was the first since the election to find a Yes lead.

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This new survey also found that the prospect of rejoining the EU boosts the independence cause, with 39% of voters, including 21% of people who voted No in 2014, saying they’d be more likely to get behind independence if it was certain that Scotland could rejoin the bloc.

The currency issue came up too, with 43% saying they’d be less likely to support independence if Scotland had to join the euro.