No Brexit boost for Scottish independence campaign - poll

Posted On: 
13th September 2016

Brexit has failed to deliver a boost for the campaign to take Scotland out of the UK, according to a new poll.

Scots still support remaining part of the UK
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The Kantar TNS survey, which is published today, shows little change in support for Scottish independence as a result of the 23 June referendum.

It shows that 53% of Scottish voters still want to remain part of the UK, with 47% in favour of going it alone.

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Two years ago, Scots voted by 55% to 45% against independence.

Both SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon and her predecessor Alex Salmond have said that the Brexit vote has made a second independence referendum more likely, but they have so far stopped short of saying when it will happen.

Ms Sturgeon has also launched a Scotland-wide consultation as she seeks to build the case once more for independence.

Tom Costley, head of Kantar TNS in Scotland said: "In the aftermath of the Brexit vote and Scotland’s contrasting position with much of the rest of Britain, the SNP would have hoped for more of an uplift in support for Scottish independence.

"The recent launch of the SNP’s ‘listening exercise’ appears to be timely as it seeks to understand how it can persuade more Scottish voters to back the independence option, prior to seeking a second referendum on the subject.”