A Labour MEP has confirmed he would consider backing a Yes vote if another independence referendum was held.
David Martin MEP, who was a leading figure for the No campaign during the last referendum, said Brexit had made him think again.
Martin was being interviewed on Radio Scotland when he was asked how he would vote if a second independence referendum was to be held. The MEP replied, “In truth I have no idea at the moment, there are too many factors to weigh up.”
Asked if he was open to the idea of voting for independence, the Labour MEP said: “Well the very fact I can’t give you a straight answer indicates that I’ve moved.”
He added: “If you’d asked me that question eighteen months ago then it would have been definitive that I would vote to remain in the United Kingdom, now I think Brexit has put up a whole lot of questions that have yet to be answered.”
David Martin was a key figure during the last independence referendum and frequently highlighted what he argued were the risks to Scotland’s EU membership of independence.
The admission from the Labour MEP that he has moved from a confirmed No voter will come as a blow to the pro-Union camp. It follows comments earlier this week from Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis who confirmed Spain would not veto an EU membership bid from a newly independent Scotland.
Asked if Spain would seek to block a post-Brexit move from a newly independent Scotland to become a full member in its own right, Dastis replied “In principle, I don’t see us blocking it.”