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    Tory Success in Scottish Vote Shows Views on Brexit Becoming Polarized

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    The success of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party in the recent elections shows that the regional opinion on the United Kingdom's membership of the United Kingdom is becoming more polarized, a former leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) told Sputnik.

    EDINBURGH (Sputnik) – The SNP won the largest number of seats in the Scottish parliament in the legislative election on Thursday, results have shown. It managed to win 63 seats, falling two seats short of a majority, and is now expected to negotiate a coalition deal. The Conservative party came second, taking 27 seats.

    "The Unionist vote is now polarising. This is an automatic response to last year’s nationalist swing during the Westminster election when the SNP won all but 3 of Scotland’s MP seats in the House of Commons," Gordon Wilson said.

    The Tory success came in spite of Prime Minister David Cameron decision not to campaign north of the England-Scotland border.

    "The Tory brand is still toxic in Scotland, which is why David Cameron was clearly told to stay away from the campaign," SNP spokeswoman Ann-Marie Parry told Sputnik.

    In 2014, Scottish voters rejected a motion to break away from the United Kingdom by 55 percent to 45 percent.

    The Scottish parliament has devolved powers over health, education, justice, transport and a number of other domestic policy areas, but defense, foreign affairs and macro-economic policy remain under the control of the UK parliament in London.

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