Shock poll shows Union at risk due to Brexit

A bombshell poll conducted by Best for Britain shows that Brexit is putting the future of the Union at risk.
The polling reveals that if the UK leaves the EU next year, 47 per cent of Scots would vote to make the country independent – while just 43 per cent would vote for Scotland to remain in the UK. If the UK remains within the EU, support for independence falls to 43 per cent.
The poll of 1,022 Scots by Deltapoll for Best for Britain puts support for the Union at 47 per cent and support for independence at 45 per cent if there were a second independence referendum tomorrow.
Nearly half of voters (48 per cent) in Scotland also believe that if the public mood has shifted and the will of the people is different since 2016, it would be wrong to leave the EU.
In a separate Northern Irish poll, over half (52 per cent) of voters would vote for a united Ireland outside of the UK if Britain leaves the European Union.

Labour MEP for Scotland, Catherine Stihler, said:
“This is a devastating poll which reveals there is a clear and present danger to the future of the United Kingdom.
“The Tories’ reckless gamble with the EU referendum and Theresa May’s disastrous handling of the negotiations are stretching the historic bonds that unite us.
“Leaving the EU will be calamitous for Scotland’s economy, and there is no such thing as a good Brexit. Leaving the UK would be even more catastrophic, leading to deep austerity and public service cuts that would hurt the poorest the hardest.
“The majority of Scots believe in solidarity across the UK and across Europe, which is why the Tories must stop putting the Union at risk and give voters a say on the final Brexit deal.”

 

Best for Britain chief executive Eloise Todd said:
“When people voted in 2016, they didn’t vote to break up the Union and risk both Scotland and Northern Ireland voting for a different future outside the United Kingdom.
“This is compelling evidence as to why we need to stop and think again. The public deserve a say on the final deal, with the knowledge that if Brexit happens we could shatter the Union altogether.”

NOTES

Q1. In a referendum on independence for Scotland held tomorrow, how would you vote?
Base: All respondents 1022 (1022)
For Scotland to remain as part of the United Kingdom 47%
For Scotland to become an independent country 45%
Don’t know 8%

Q2. Imagine the UK remains in the European Union. In a referendum on independence for Scotland how would you vote?
Base: All respondents 1022 (1022)
For Scotland to remain as part of the United Kingdom 47%
For Scotland to become an independent country 43%
Don’t know 10%

Q3. If the UK leaves the European Union as planned, in a referendum on independence for Scotland how would you vote?
Base: All respondents 1022 (1022)
For Scotland to become an independent country 47%
For Scotland to remain as part of the United Kingdom 43%
Don’t know 10%