Welsh voters don’t want Scots to have independence referendum, says new poll
Voters in Wales don’t want Scotland to have an independence referendum, according to a new poll.
The latest UK-wide Panelbase poll asked 3891 people across Britain whether there should be another referendum in the next few years.
It found that 56% of voters in England believe there should not be another referendum in the next few years, and in Wales the figure is even higher at 61%. However, the Welsh sample size was low at 195.
According to the survey, carried out on behalf of The Sunday Times, 58% of voters in Wales want Scotland to stay in the UK, while 14% it to leave and 28% are unsure or don’t mind.
In England, 54% want Scotland to remain in the UK, while 17% want it to leave and 29% don’t know or don’t mind.
The survey conducted between June 18 and July 2, comes amid a shake-up of the UK government’s team working to stop the breakup of the union. Lord McInnes of Kilwinning is stepping down as director of the Scottish Conservatives to become a special adviser to Boris Johnson on the union.
This follows a turbulent time in Union Unit that was tasked with preventing the breakup of the UK. It suffered a series of alleged rows and leaks.
It has previously been reported that Oliver Lewis, who is an ally of Boris Johnson’s controversial former advisor Dominic Cummings, left because he felt his position was being made “untenable” by others in No 10.
He worked with Boris Johnson on Vote Leave, his leadership campaign and helped him strike the Brexit deal with the EU. It is claimed that the UK Prime Minister called Lewis into office and “bo***cked him” over alleged leaks, which he denied.
A Cabinet committee made up of the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Welsh Secretary Simon Hart, Scottish Secretary Alistair Jack, Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis and other Cabinet members has since been created.
Downing Street has said that “No 10 officials continue to work in the Union unit”, and that the new committee “builds on top of the already existing structures that we have in place”.