Nicola Sturgeon has ordered officials to keep the European Union flag flying over the Scottish government headquarters after the UK leaves the bloc on Friday.
Ms Sturgeon is vehemently against Scotland being taken out of the EU and has repeatedly argued it is happening ‘against our will’.
Scotland voted 62 per cent in favour of Remain and 38 per cent in favour of Leave at the EU referendum in 2016.
Boris Johnson is expected to address the nation on Friday night in a bid to unite the country and help heal the divisions of the last three years.
Ms Sturgeon will deliver her own speech to mark the occasion in which she will set out the next steps in her bid for Scottish independence.
She wants a second breakaway referendum to take place before the end of 2020 but Downing Street will not grant the First Minister permission to hold the vote.
As well as her speech, the EU flag will reportedly continue to fly over St Andrew’s House after 11pm on Friday, remaining in place for the duration of next weekend.
According to The Telegraph, Ms Sturgeon said: 'Friday will be a sad day for Scotland as we are taken out of the European Union against our will.
’It will also be clear that a future in Europe can only be achieved by Scotland becoming an independent country - and it is hope of a better future that must now be our focus.'
This comes in the wake of Johnson’s refusal of Sturgeon’s section 30 order earlier this month to hold another Scottish Independence Referendum (“indyref2”) and two new polls, the first released a few days ago and the second released today:
A sample of 1,019 respondents across the country took part in the survey, which was conducted by Survation for polling and pro-independence thinktank Progress Scotland from January 20-22.
It found 61% of those who expressed an opinion believe the Scottish Parliament should ultimately decide on the holding of an independence referendum.
"NEARLY three quarters of Scots believe Britain was wrong to vote for Brexit, a new poll has revealed.
The YouGov survey found that overall more than half (54%) of those in the UK are against leaving the EU, with Scots being the most pro-EU.
The percentage for Scotland is higher than the 62% who voted to Remain in the EU referendum in 2016.
The rest of the UK’s results were a mixed picture with 66% of those in London against leaving the EU, 53% in North England, 49% in the south of England and 46% in the Midlands and Wales.
The news follows a debate on Wednesday about keeping the European flag flying over the Scottish Parliament after Brexit."