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Majority of Scots in favour of independence, new poll finds

21 Jan 2023 2 minute read
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A poll carried out amid the row over Westminster stepping in to block reforms of the gender recognition process in Scotland has found a majority in favour of independence.

Research by Find Out Now for The National suggested that 54% backed Scotland leaving the UK, with 46% in favour of remaining.

Those were the totals when those who said they did not know were excluded from the research, which was carried out between January 11 and 18.

On Monday, Scottish Secretary Alister Jack announced he would make a Section 35 order with a never-before-used section of the Scotland Act to prevent the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill from gaining royal assent, despite being passed by Holyrood last month.

Commenting on the poll, SNP MSP Rona Mackay said: “It’s clear people in Scotland have had enough of opposition parties’ Trump-like denial of Scottish democracy and the damage caused by ever-tightening Westminster control.

“Both Labour and the Tories are now hard Brexit parties, committed to keeping Scotland out of both the EU and the huge single market which means the economy and living standards are being hit hard.

“Westminster is undermining both the Scottish Parliament and our economy, which is why more and more people believe it is right that decisions about Scotland should be made by the people who live here so that we can build a fairer and more prosperous independent country.”


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John Brooks
John Brooks
15 days ago

SNP still making the mistake of linking independence with rejoining EU. To join or not to join would be for the newly independent country to decide upon. They need to remember that some folk support independence from both London and Brussels. The same is also the case here in Cymru.

Stephen Mahoney
Stephen Mahoney
15 days ago
Reply to  John Brooks

Hardly a mistake, the majority of Scots want to re-join the EU. The opportunities that membership presents to grow the economy, balance a generous future fiscal budget and improve living standards are a no brainer surely.

Rob
Rob
14 days ago
Reply to  John Brooks

Whilst yes some people favour independence from both London and Brussels, at least EU member states get a veto on some matters and Qualified majority voting is also used. The nations of the UK on the other hand can have their concerns overruled by England’s large population.

Riki
Riki
14 days ago
Reply to  Rob

That right mate, I pretty’s sure virtually no one in Scotland or Wales realise this. This is why they are totally fine with us having our own Parliament. It’s a trick to make us think we have say over something. In reality, it’s always been the Anglo who does the Mouth work for Britain or UK! This is why only a few are aware of how the UK is run and what it’s made up of. The English have always, and will always put their interests the first, and last thing on the agenda.

Johnny Gamble
Johnny Gamble
14 days ago
Reply to  John Brooks

I quite agree John it makes no sense campaigning for Indy from London only to be ruled by Brussels.The people of Wales made it clear that they did not want to be part of The EU in 2016 and furthermore rejected the Remain Alliance at the 2019 Westminster General Election.

Riki
Riki
14 days ago
Reply to  John Brooks

Indeed, I’m for Wales’ independence. But as for joining the EU! I’m currently not in favour of that.

Owain Morgan
Owain Morgan
14 days ago
Reply to  John Brooks

There are more Scottish people in favour of rejoining the EU than there are who want to Scotland to be Independent. The problem is that there are more English people against both the EU and Scottish Independence, which inevitably results in England continuing to dictate to Scotland. Now, even the Social Conservatives of England are dictating to the Social Liberal Scotland. When does the dictatorship end!!?

Iago
Iago
14 days ago

Another poll in other media outlets gives 54% AGAINST independence. It shows polls cannot be trusted.

boris
boris
14 days ago
Reply to  Iago

You are right plus this poll was organised by The National which is hardly neutral

Igw
Igw
14 days ago
Reply to  boris

Neither is the other one

Riki
Riki
14 days ago

Only 54%? Seems the Scots are as Brainwashed as we are. They can’t do anything wrong it seems, short of sending tanks down the M4. Then I’d argue some Welsh would still find it “reasonable”.

David Charles pearn
David Charles pearn
14 days ago

1st things 1st let Scotland get their independence, hope Wales follows suit 🙏.

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