A MAJORITY of Scots want to see an independent Scotland become a republic with an elected head of state, according to a new poll.

Earlier this month, 1004 people were asked: “If Scotland votes to become an independent country should Scotland be a republic with an elected head of state or should Scotland keep King Charles as head of state?”

Carried out by Panelbase, the survey found that only 45% wanted to keep King Charles as Scotland’s head of state, once don’t knows where excluded.

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The same sample showed that 55% of Scots want to see an independent Scotland become a republic with an elected head of state.

The Alba party have welcomed the findings as they suggest that most Scots are in line with the position the party's position on the issue.

Earlier this year, Alba MPs Neale Hanvey and Kenny MacAskill did not take the opportunity to swear an oath of allegiance to King Charles in the House of Commons alongside members of all other political parties.

The party says that “in the midst of a cost of living crisis it is clear that the institution of monarchy is becoming so far removed from reality that it is not recognisable to the people of Scotland”.

Commenting, Hanvey said that “in keeping with the Scottish constitutional tradition”, the party adheres to “the principle that it is the people that are sovereign”.

He added: “Our position is that Scotland should now move to an elected head of state with similar powers to the Uachtarán na hÉireann. Alba firmly stands for Scotland and our priority is to ensure the people of Scotland have the freedom to make this choice soon, as an independent country.

“At a time that we are faced with the absurdity of millions of our people in Scotland facing fuel poverty, when we are an energy-rich land, the institution of monarchy could not be further from detached from reality.

“This is a very welcome poll result and it shows that Alba Party are very much in tune with the people of Scotland.”