The Times (Scotland): Scottish independence: Slim majority of Scots now back Union

26 February 2020

By Kieran Andrews

Support for independence has slipped back below the winning margin with a slim majority of Scots now in favour of keeping the Union, a poll has found.

After the last three polls have shown a narrow majority for “yes”, the YouGov/Hanbury survey of 2,500 voters found that 51 per cent of decided voters would vote “no” if there was a referendum today, with 49 per cent backing leaving the UK.

A similar split emerged over where power should lie to hold another ballot, with 49 per cent saying that Holyrood should be able to unilaterally call a referendum and 51 per cent opposed to the transfer of responsibilities.

Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister, has said that she wants to hold another vote on independence by the end of this year. However, powers over the constitution are reserved to Westminster and Boris Johnson has refused to sanction a ballot.

Despite the first minister’s timescale being rejected, Keith Brown, the SNP depute leader, said that there was an “unstoppable” momentum for a second independence referendum.

Pamela Nash, chief executive of Scotland in Union, said that the poll’s result showed “most people don’t want to break up the UK”.

You can access the full article on The Times (Scotland) website here.


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