15:34 GMT +320 July 2019
Listen Live
    A Scottish Saltire (C) flies between a Union flag (L) and a European Union (EU) flag in front of the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh, Scotland on June 27, 2016.

    Brexit Could Influence Scottish Voters Toward Independence From UK - Poll

    © AFP 2019/ Oli Scarff
    Europe
    Get short URL
    651

    A survey conducted by Deltapoll, a member of the British Polling Council, interviewed 1,022 Scottish voters and revealed on Sunday that a successful Brexit could incite public opinion in Scotland to favor another referendum on independence from the UK.

    The survey found that if Britain leaves the European Union as planned, 47 percent of Scots would vote for independence at another referendum, compared to 43 percent who would vote against and 10 percent who could not predict how they would vote.

    Scotland has long sought independence from England; however, a 2014 secession referendum resulted in 55 percent of Scots choosing to remain in the UK. Calls for independence resumed after the 2016 UK vote to split from the European Union.

    A majority of Scottish voters opposed Brexit in the plebiscite. The decision to leave the bloc has been repeatedly criticized by Scottish politicians, who claim that the outcome of the vote neglected Edinburgh's desire to stay in the European Union.

    READ MORE: Thousands of Independence Supporters March in Scotland's Glasgow

    In March 2017, the Scottish parliament backed Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's proposal to ask for the second independence referendum between fall 2018 and spring 2019.

    However, the proposal was rejected by UK Prime Minister Theresa May, who said it was not the right time to hold another vote, since the UK was negotiating Brexit.

    Related:

    'People Can Speak Again': Ex-Rolls Royce CEO Calls for Second Brexit Referendum
    UK Won’t Be Able to Protect Its Waters After Brexit, Former Navy Chief Says
    Theresa May Will Not Accept 'Compromises' on Brexit Deal - Reports
    Brexit May Create a Time Border Between Northern Ireland and Rest of UK
    Certain UK Conservatives Seek to 'Sabotage' Brexit Deal - Ex-SNP Official
    Tags:
    referendum, survey, poll, Brexit, United Kingdom, Scotland
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik