Poll: Half of Scots want to use election to vote on secession
According to a survey, after the judicial decision for a new Scottish independence referendum, around half of the Scots want to use the next British general election to vote on secession from the United Kingdom.
Supporters and opponents of Scottish independence take part in rallies outside the Scottish Parliament. Photo: Jane Barlow/PA Wire/dpa
This is the result of a representative flash survey of a good 1000 Scots on behalf of Channel 4, which was carried out on Wednesday after a landmark judgment by the British Supreme Court.
According to the Supreme Court, the Scottish Parliament has no right to call a referendum. Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon recognizes the decision, but wants to make the next British general election a quasi-referendum and contest the election campaign of her Scottish National Party (SNP) only with the question of independence.
51 per cent of respondents said they would vote for the SNP if their vote could be used as a mandate to negotiate Scottish independence with central London. Around a third do not want to do this.
On a similar question, half of Scots polled (50 per cent to be exact) said they would vote for the SNP if victory for the party could see Scotland leave the UK.
Of the 1,006 respondents, 412 voted for the Scottish National Party in the last election. So the independence question gave the party a small boost in the poll. The Greens and the Alba splinter party are also in favor of Scotland’s independence in the Scottish Parliament. The next British general election is expected to take place in 2024.
In the first referendum in 2014, a majority of Scots voted to remain in the union with Great Britain. For London, the question is thus decided in the long term. But Prime Minister Sturgeon argues that Brexit, which the Scots clearly rejected in 2016, has changed the situation. She wants to lead an independent Scotland back into the EU. In Parliament in Edinburgh, pro-independence is in the majority.