Support for Scottish independence rose after the British Prime Minister came out in favour of the UK making a clean break with the European Union, a BMG survey for Herald Scotland showed.

The survey indicated 49 per cent of Scots support independence with 51 per cent opposing it, after "don't know" votes are removed, the newspaper said. A similar survey conducted last month showed roughly the same result as the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, with 45.5 per cent in favour of independence and 54.5 per cent against, the newspaper said.

Scotland's devolved Parliament rejected British leader Theresa May's plan to exit the European Union in a symbolic, non-binding vote yesterday.

Scottish Greens lawmaker Ross Greer, who backs the devolved nationalist government on independence, said that Scotland was almost certainly headed to a new independence referendum after the UK triggers the process to leave the European Union.

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