Support for Scottish independence would increase only slightly post-Brexit

Sturgeon faces 'tough decision' as poll shows just 50 per cent would support independence if Britain left the EU


Nicola Sturgeon has a ‘tough decision’ to make over Scotland’s future if the UK votes to leave the European Union, according to one of the country’s leading pollsters.

To date the SNP have remained adamant that if the UK voted to leave the EU against the will of the Scottish people it would more likely than not trigger a second referendum on independence.

However, according to new polling by Panelbase for Heart FM and the Sunday Times, Brexit would see support for Scottish independence increase only slightly from 47 per cent to 50 per cent.  This is down from the 52 per cent who in January said they would support independence if the UK voted to leave the EU.

SNP sources were last week quoted as saying that support for independence would have to have reached at least 60 per cent for a year before a second vote on Scotland’s constitutional future took place.

The Panelbase polling finds that 63 per cent of Scots support staying in the European Union, a considerably larger proportion than England. Just 37 per cent support withdrawal.

Professor John Curtice of Strathclyde University told Sunday Times that ‘although Scotland apparently remains determined to vote by nearly two to one in favour of remaining in the EU, this does not mean that a UK-wide vote to leave would necessarily clear the way for Nicola Sturgeon to hold and win a second independence referendum.’

However, Nicola Sturgeon herself, speaking to the BBC’s Sunday Politics Show for Scotland yesterday, insisted it would be a ‘democratic outrage’ if Scotland were ‘dragged out of Europe against our will’. She maintained that it would lead to an ‘overwhelming demand’ for a fresh referendum.

Appearing on the same programme, Scottish Labour Leader, Kezia Dugdale, sought to undo some of the damage caused during her recent interview with the Fabian Review in which she suggested she might be supportive of independence if it was the only way to stay in the EU.

‘I was very proud to vote No, and I would do so again,’ she said.

Interestingly however Dugdale did not want to be drawn on whether Labour MSPs would be free to vote how they want if a second independence referendum did take place.

Ed Jacobs is a contributing editor at Left Foot Forward

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8 Responses to “Support for Scottish independence would increase only slightly post-Brexit”

  1. Alasdair Macdonald

    Ever the Red Tory, Mr Jacobs.

  2. Jimmy Glesga

    The Tartan Tory Nat si fanatics will use any excuse to leave the Union such is their hatred of England. An independent Scotland would have less sovereignty if it remained in the EU. But the nutters do not care about that or economic depression and thousands of lost jobs. The idiots actually argue that the English are their masters and conveniently forget that the Empire would never have been built without their ancestors participation. Hard core headcases they are.

  3. Mike Stallard

    Nicola Sturgeon lost the election for Labour. She is not at all popular in England and is losing support in Scotland now independence is becoming increasingly ridiculous as the price of oil plummets.
    I hope she manages to persuade the British people to leave the EU which has awful things planned for 24th June when the carefully orchestrated referendum has been won by the REMAIN side under Mr Cameron, that well loved socialist.

  4. uglyfatbloke

    I very much doubt that Sturgeon is losing support in Scotland, but we’ll see next week. OTH – and there’s no escaping it – the SNP are n’t much good, but the alternatives are simply awful.

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