MORE than half of Scots do not want another vote on independence to be held in the next few years, according to a poll.

The Panelbase survey of 1,020 voters for the Sunday Times found 51per cent are not supportive of a second referendum within the next year or two.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said another ballot on the issue is highly likely after the UK voted to leave the European Union despite a majority vote to remain north of the border.

The poll, carried out last week, found support for a second independence referendum before Brexit has fallen from 43 per cent following the vote last June to just 27per cent.

While 61per cent said they believe the UK should remain in the EU, 39 per cent want to leave, with support for Brexit at 35% of those who voted Yes in the 2014 independence referendum.

Around a third (31 per cent) of voters oppose Scotland applying to join the EU in the event of independence, compared to 48% who are supportive and 21% who do not know.

Overall, the poll found support for independence is slightly up on the 2014 result at 46per cent, with the No vote at 54 per cent.