Speakers from Touchstone Exploration, Shanta Gold, Savannah Resources and Kavango Resources feature in our Natural Resources webinar on May 25th. Please register here.

Less Ads, More Data, More Tools Register for FREE

Majority of Scots support independence from UK - YouGov poll

Wed, 12th Aug 2020 11:25

LONDON, Aug 12 (Reuters) - A majority of Scots support
independence from the United Kingdom, a YouGov poll found on
Wednesday, with support for nationalists bolstered by a much
more positive view of how they have responded to COVID-19
compared with London.

The poll for the Times newspaper found that 53% of people
would vote for Scottish independence in a referendum, up 2
percentage points from January and the highest level of support
for independence recorded by YouGov.

It is the latest poll to suggest rising support for Scottish
independence and could strengthen calls for another vote on the
matter, after Scots rejected it in a 2014 referendum by 55%-45%.

The Scottish National Party, who run the devolved
administration in the nation, insist they have the right to call
another vote. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the
2014 referendum was decisive and should be respected.

The poll also suggested the SNP were on course for an
unprecedented majority in the Scottish Parliament in elections
next year, setting up a possible constitutional clash with

Much of the increase in support appeared to be linked to
diverging views of the leadership in Scotland and the United
Kingdom as a whole. Some 72% of respondents agreed Scottish
First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon was doing very or
fairly well, while only 20% said that for Johnson.

The YouGov Poll found 52% of voters believed Scotland was
going in the right direction, up 20 percentage points from when
the question was last asked a year ago.

Sturgeon's Scottish Government has responsibility for health
policy, and she has been more cautious than Johnson in easing

Scotland, which holds about 10% of the UK's population, has
had no deaths from COVID-19 since mid-July. The UK, which uses a
broader methodology to count deaths that is being reviewed, as a
whole has recorded 1,362 deaths in that time.

YouGov polled 1,142 adults between August 6-10.

(Reporting by Alistair Smout; editing by Kate Holton)

More News

LONDON BRIEFING: Vodafone shares slide 6% after annual revenue decline

LONDON BRIEFING: Vodafone shares slide 6% after annual revenue decline

Today 08:21

Heineken in takeover talks with South African wine and spirits maker Distell

JOHANNESBURG, May 18 (Reuters) - South Africa's Distell said on Tuesday that Heineken NV, the world's second-largest brewer, has approached the wine, cider and spirits company regarding the potential acquisition of majority of its business.Distel...

Today 08:19

GlaxoSmithKline reveals positive interim Phase 2 results for Covid-19 vaccine candidate

(Sharecast News) - Pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline has revealed positive interim Phase 2 results for its adjuvanted Covid-19 vaccine candidate, developed in partnership with Canadian biopharmaceutical firm Medicago.

Today 08:18

LIVE MARKETS-Market looks on the bright side

Welcome to the home for real-time coverage of markets brought to you by Reuters reporters. You can share your thoughts with us at markets.research@thomsonreuters.comMARKET LOOKS ON THE BRIGHT SIDE (0705 GMT)Risk-on, risk-off. The pendulum today is ...

Today 08:05

Login to your account

Don't have an account? Click here to register.

Quickpicks are a member only feature

Login to your account

Don't have an account? Click here to register.