A new poll has indicated the gap between those who back independence and those who back the Union has narrowed slightly since the Brexit vote.
A survey of 1006 Scottish based voters by pollsters Yougov revealed 47% (+1) of Scottish voters now back independence against 53% (-1) who support staying in the Union.
However Yes joy will have been tempered by news that both camps saw their vote drop since the last Yougov survey in early May. Including don’t knows (10%) and those who say they won’t vote (4%), Yes has gone from 41% to 40% (-1) whilst No has dropped from 48% to 45% (-3%). [discrepencies caused by rounding]
The result is in line with other recent polls which indicate the Yes side has benefited from the recent EU referendum which saw Scotland facing the prospect of being dragged out of the European Union against its will. Other polls from Panelbase and Survation have indicated a more marked movement in favour of Yes with independence now the majority option according to both pollsters.
Responding to the Yougov survey, SNP business convener Derek Mackay MSP said: “This poll is the latest to demonstrate that many No voters are reconsidering their opposition to independence now that Scotland faces being dragged out of the EU against our will.
“In light of the overwhelming vote to remain in the EU, it is right that the Scottish Government explores every option to protect our relationship with and place in the EU – including the option of another independence referendum if that is what it takes.
“The UK that Scotland voted to remain part of in 2014 is changing fundamentally. The complete lack of planning by the UK Government for this referendum outcome has created tremendous uncertainty for business, for investors, for EU citizens living in the UK and for our public services and there are growing concerns over the plans of an increasingly right wing UK government.
“In that context, it is little wonder that more and more people are seeing independence as the option that offers the greatest certainty and stability.”
Scottish Conservatives MSP, John Lamont said: “Having voted less than two years ago, the people of Scotland don’t want to go through the division and upheaval of another referendum on independence.
“You don’t recover from the economic impact of leaving one union by severing ties with a greater union whose value in trade eclipses it many times over.
“Instead of trying to find more weak excuses for having another vote, the SNP should be concentrating on making the best of this situation.
“By working with the UK Government the SNP can help get a deal from the EU that reflects the needs of all of us, including protecting our trade with the European Union which will boost our economy, sustain jobs and help to fund vital public services.”
The YouGov survey of 1006 adults was carried out between 20 and 25 July. It did not include the views of anyone aged 16 or 17.