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Nicola Sturgeon interviewed at Scottish border by Guru-Murthy

Ms Sturgeon is preparing for the May election at Holyrood in the hopes that it will help her put an Indyref2 on the agenda. If her Scottish National Party (SNP) got a majority, she said she would hold a second independence referendum. Mr Johnson, meanwhile, has repeatedly refused to consider the idea.

The Scottish Prime Minister said earlier this month that Mr Johnson would allow a second referendum if the SNP wins, however.

In a televised debate this week, she urged UK voters to punish Mr Johnson for the ‘foul smell’ around government.

Still, it could be Ms. Sturgeon who gets punished if the historic votes are anything to say.

Scotland lost its first independence referendum in 2014 while Alex Salmond – now leader of the Alba party – was Scottish prime minister.

Nicola Sturgeon: Scottish Prime Minister could be furious

Nicola Sturgeon: Scottish Prime Minister could be furious (Image: GETTY)

Holyrood: Sturgeon hopes to secure majority in Holyrood election to lobby for Indyref2

Holyrood: Sturgeon hopes to secure majority in Holyrood election to lobby for Indyref2 (Image: GETTY)

As the vote approached, Angus Robertson, then SNP leader in Westminster, traveled to Canada to consult with Parti Quebecois politicians.

The Parti Québécois failed twice in attempting to separate from Canada, first in 1980 and then in 1995, although it significantly reduced its margin in the second vote.

Pro-British figures have asked Canadian federalists for similar advice on how to deal with a separatist group like the SNP and avoid a breakout in 2014.

Although the vote was based on a myriad of factors, the advice received by then-Prime Minister David Cameron could in part be attributable to the end result.

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Boris Johnson: PM has repeatedly refused to consider Indyref2 idea

Boris Johnson: PM has repeatedly refused to consider Indyref2 idea (Image: GETTY)

Quebec: the Canadian state has twice tried to achieve independence but failed each time

Quebec: the Canadian state has twice tried to achieve independence but failed each time (Image: GETTY)

Paul St-Pierre Plamondon: Party leader said Canada and England 'collaborated' in 2014

Paul St-Pierre Plamondon: Party leader said Canada and England ‘collaborated’ in 2014 (Image: PA)

Parti Québécois leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon told Express.co.uk he believed Canada and Westminster “collaborated” to run a “fear” campaign in Scotland’s first vote.

He said: “The similarities of the arguments of the first referendum in Scotland and the vote in Quebec are obvious, there are techniques to scare the people.

“The playbook which was used in the 1995 vote was communicated to England and was used in the first Scottish referendum.

“This is where it is interesting: we know in Quebec with certainty that during a second referendum, people are more aware of the fact that fear is used as a technique to influence the vote.”

Sturgeon profile: Scottish premier hopes to use majority vote to push Indyref2

Sturgeon profile: Scottish premier hopes to use majority vote to push Indyref2 (Image: Express Newspapers)

He thinks the fear technique disappears in a subsequent vote.

It is true that the campaign against Quebec independence lost momentum the second time around.

In 1980, it was beaten by 59 to 40 percent compared to 50 to 49 percent in 1995.

Meanwhile, independence polls ahead of Holyrood’s election have consistently shown that just over half of Scots are in favor of independence.

Scottish politics: opinion on Scottish independence remains cutting edge

Scottish politics: opinion on Scottish independence remains cutting edge (Image: GETTY)

Although Mr. St-Pierre Plamondon admitted that such a feeling could easily change the day before the poll.

The most recent poll commissioned by Lord Ashcroft found the Yes and No camps at a “statistical dead end”.

The 2,000-person poll found support for the Union remains on the verge of knife edge, with 51% supporting the UK versus 49% in favor of independence, once people don’t know are left out.

He also revealed that 49% would likely vote for the SNP in the constituency ballot in the upcoming Holyrood election, which would give Ms Sturgeon’s party a three-seat majority.



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