Brexit Fails to Boost Support for Scots Independence, Poll ShowsBy
Kantar TNS survey finds 53% in favor of remaining in U.K.
Scottish nationalists started fresh campaign this month
Britain’s decision to leave the European Union has failed to boost support for Scottish independence, with more voters still opposed to a split with the rest of the U.K., according to the latest poll.
The survey by Kantar TNS found 47 percent of people in favor of sticking with Britain and 41 percent backing independence. After excluding the 12 percent of respondents who were undecided, the gap was 53 percent to 47 percent, similar to polling before the June 23 Brexit vote. Scots backed staying with the U.K. by 55 percent to 45 percent in the September 2014 independence referendum.
After every region of Scotland voted against Brexit, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon vowed to contest the plan to withdraw her country against its will, saying another independence vote was “highly likely.” Since then, she’s stressed her semi-autonomous government in Edinburgh is looking at all options to retain Scotland’s EU status. While Sturgeon’s Scottish Nationalist Party this month kicked off a new campaign to build support for going it alone, no legislation is imminent to pave the way for a fresh ballot.
“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,” Tom Costley, head of Kantar TNS in Scotland, said in a statement. “The recent launch of the SNP’s ‘listening exercise’ appears to be timely.”
Sturgeon, 46, has said she would only seek another referendum on independence should a clear majority of Scottish voters be in favor of it. Kantar TNS canvassed 1,047 people of voting age between Aug. 10 and Sept. 4.
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