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Scots split on whether monarchy should remain if country votes for independence

Scots are divided when asked if the monarchy should remain in an independent Scotland, a new poll has found.

A survey commissioned by Sky News found that 39% of voters would support the Royal Family retaining their traditional role if the UK was break-up, while 39% said a Scottish republic should be created and 22% said they didn’t know.

The results follow a rocky few months for the monarchy after Prince Harry and his wife Meghan quit the UK and delivered a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Support for the Queen and her successors is highest amongst those who would no at any future IndyRef2, with 54% saying they backed the monarchy, 22% in favour of a republic, and 24% being undecided.

The idea of creating a republic north of the Border is meanwhile supported by 56% of Yes voters, with 30% backing the monarchy and 15% saying they don’t know.

Scotland has traditionally returned among the lowest levels of support for the Royal Family whenever opinion polls on the subject are carried out across the four home nations.

But consistent polling has found that more Scots support the monarchy than want to abolish it.

SNP policy ahead of the 2014 referendum on independence was to retain the Queen as head of state if Scotland declared independence, although many individual members have called for the issue to be decided by a vote in the future.

Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie last week reiterated his party’s opposition to the monarchy, saying an independent Scotland should have an elected head of state.

Today’s poll, carried out by Opinium, also found narrow support for Scottish independence.

According to the Opinium poll, the SNP would secure 46% of the constituency vote, with the Conservatives on 24%, Labour on 20%, the Lib Dems 6% and the Greens 4%.

On the regional List vote, the poll puts the SNP on 42%, Tories on 22%, Labour on 19%, the Greens on 7% and Lib Dems on 5%.

Opinium has estimated that the poll results would see the SNP securing 64 seats – one short of a majority.

Douglas Ross’ Tory party would come second on 29 seats – down two from 2016, with Labour unchanged on 24 seats and the Greens up one seat to seven.

The poll also found a slender leader for independence, 51% in favour to 49% against, once “don’t knows” are removed.

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