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Nicola Sturgeon faces an uphill battle if she wants to revive IndyRef2

The public have little appetite for a second independence referendum—and it's not clear Brexit will change that (yet)

By John Curtice  

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/PA Images

Bloodied but, as yet, unbowed. That seems to be where Nicola Sturgeon now finds herself in the wake of her announcement in the Scottish Parliament yesterday that she proposed to “reset” her timetable for a second independence referendum.

Until now she had anticipated holding such a ballot in late 2018 or early 2019—that is, just before the deadline for the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. Yesterday, however, she said she would not attempt…

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