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Scottish independence campaigners march for a second referendum after Brexit result

In September 2014, Scots voted 55% against Scotland becoming an independent country and leaving the United Kingdom.

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AROUND 3,000 PEOPLE rallied in Glasgow today, demanding a second referendum on Scottish independence in the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the EU.

While 52% of UK voters opted to quit the European Union in the 23 June referendum, within Scotland, 62% voted for Britain to stay in the 28-country bloc.

But the rally came as a YouGov poll found there had been “no real shift” in support for Scotland leaving the UK following the Brexit vote.

Many of those on the rally in Scotland’s biggest city waved Scottish flags, while others wore kilts or played the bagpipes.

In September 2014, Scots voted 55% against Scotland becoming an independent country and leaving the United Kingdom.

Brexit

Scottish independence Source: Jane Barlow

Immediately after the Brexit vote, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the left-wing secessionist Scottish National Party, which runs a minority government in the devolved Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, said a second independence referendum was now on the table.

A sentence in the SNP’s manifesto raises the prospect of another independence vote “if there is a significant and material change in the circumstances that prevailed in 2014, such as Scotland being taken out of the EU against our will”.

The rally came as a YouGov poll found that 53% of Scots would vote to remain in the UK if another independence referendum were held now, against 47% who favoured secession.

Polls

Scottish independence Source: Jane Barlow

The pollsters said the results represent a move of 1% towards the independence option since it last asked the question in early May.

Some 46% said they would rather live in a Scotland that was still part of a post-Brexit UK, against 37% who would rather live in an independent Scotland that remained in the EU.

These numbers became 55% and 45% respectively once “don’t knows” were disregarded from the poll.

“One month after the UK’s shock decision to leave the EU, the latest YouGov research in Scotland shows no real shift towards independence,” the firm’s Matthew Smith said on their website.

“However, a lot could still change on this front in the coming years,” he added.

“Once details of the Brexit deal emerge it may alter the context of the independence debate.”

© AFP, 2016

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