A recent poll showed support for a second independence referendum had surged after the prime minister came out in favour of a clean break from the bloc.
The BMG survey, conducted for The Herald, indicated 49 per cent of Scots were in favour of breaking away from the UK.
A similar poll, sampled before Mrs May’s landmark Brexit speech in January, showed 45.5 per cent would back an independent Scotland.
Alex Salmond believes an second Scottish independence referendum could be held in 2018
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It is very likely there will be another independence referendum
Mr Salmond took to Twitter after the poll was published, writing “Game on” to his 250,000 followers.
He was adamant another independence vote was on the cards if the UK Government did not concede to Nicola Sturgeon’s list of EU demands.
The first minister says staying within the EU’s single market is “vital” to the country’s economic wellbeing and warned Downing Street about opting for a so-called “hard Brexit”.
The former Scotitsh first minister believes support will continue to grow
Ms Sturgeon claims if her proposals are ignored – support for another independence referendum would grow.
Her call was backed up by Mr Salmond, who believes the referendum could come as early as 2018.
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Game on… https://t.co/17sJ2yyKHs
— Alex Salmond (@AlexSalmond) February 7, 2017
“If they reject it, as many people predict, then we’ll know they have no interest in Scotland and as Nicola Sturgeon has said it is very likely there will be another independence referendum.
“As I said many times, if there is another independence referendum then the likely timescale I would have said would be Autumn of next year.”
Although the former Scottish first minister conceded he would likely lose a vote on independence if held now, he was sure that there would be enough support after Brexit negotiations had been completed.
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“If you’re talking about a referendum in about 18 months time, by then the negotiations will be crystallised, you will be able to tell what the 'deal or no deal' is going to be," he continued.
“I do think Nicola Sturgeon has been absolutely correct in putting forward a compromise proposal and we have to see if the UK Government is going to pay the slightest bit of attention to the interests of Scotland.
“And whether if Theresa May is going to honour her commitment of 15 July last year where she said she was looking for an agreed UK position backed by Scotland and the other devolved administrations.”
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