A shock poll has revealed that Scotland would vote for independence in the event Brexit goes ahead.
According to online site Wings Over Scotland, 47% would back independence in the event of Brexit, against 43% who would opt to remain in the UK – 10% are undecided. Stripping out the ‘don’t knows’ gives a result of 52% in favour of independence with 48% against.
The results of the poll, carried out by British Polling Council members Deltapoll, will send shock waves through the pro-Union establishment in Scotland. Equally worrying for Unionists is the fact that the survey fieldwork took place between 27-30 August, which was after the sexual harrassment allegations against Alex Salmond were revealed.
Scotland voted overwhelmingly to remain in the European Union by a margin of 62% to 38%. However with England and Wales voting to leave, Scotland along with Northern Ireland faces being dragged out against its will.
The Scottish government has called for a compromise which would allow the UK to retain membership of the Single Market and Customs Union. However this has been rejected by the UK Conservative government.
Nicola Sturgeon is expected to make an announcement on a possible second independence referendum this October. The First Minister has confirmed she will make a decision once the result of the UK government negotiations become clearer. There are signs though that the talks between the UK government and the EU may slip, which will likely delay any Indyref2 announcement.
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