A new survey shows highest level support for Scottish Independence.
The Survey on Scottish Independence
The survey for Scottish independence is conducted yearly since 1999.
Here are the results of the survey undertaken in 2016.
The first survey shared below is about Scottish Parliament making all the decisions.
|Scottish Parliament Should Make||2010||2016|
|All except defense and foreign affairs||32%||31%|
|All except defense, foreign affairs, taxation, and welfare||27%||12%|
The last five years have seen a lot of change in the way Scottish people think about their Government’s decision-making ability. More of the people in Scotland now believe that Scottish Parliament must make its decisions instead of the UK.
The first survey clearly demonstrates that Scottish people think decisions related to their future are made elsewhere. Therefore, the Scottish parliament has to be empowered to make the country’s decisions.
Another survey conducted on the identity of Scotland asked whether the voters liked to associated themselves as British or Scottish.
Here is a look at the change from the year 2012 to the year 2016.
|Scottish and British||46%||69%|
|More Scottish than British||23%||56%|
|Equally Scottish and British||11%||26%|
|More British than Scottish||8%||14%|
People of Scotland feel a lot more Scottish than they used to be. It is a massive shift in just four years of time. Around 23% of them believed they were more Scottish than British but now that has risen to 56%. So the people in Scotland also want to carve out their different national identity.
Here is the third table shared which talks about Scottish people’s attitude towards UK’s relationship with the EU.
|Scotland’s attitude towards UK leaving the EU||1999||2016|
|Leave the EU||10%||25%|
|Stay in EU but reduce its power||30%||40%|
|Leave things as are||16%||21%|
|Stay in EU and increase its powers||28%||5%|
One thing is clearly visible from this last survey, most of the Scottish people want to remain in the EU. They may have a difference of opinion as to how the country should tackle its powers. A lot of people, around 40% believe in reducing EU’s powers if Scotland is to remain part of it. A minuscule 5% percent of the people also think that Scotland needs to stay in the EU and even increase its powers.
Brexit and its Aftermath
The Brexit, a choice narrowly made by votes in the UK several months ago, has forced Scotland to take its course of action. Scottish independence would mean the country can take the advantages offered to it by remaining within the EU.
Ms. Sturgeon had said that refusal of the UK Government to negotiate a separate deal for Scotland forced her to consider a second Scottish independence referendum.
Winning Yes Support for Scottish Independence
Here is what the report compiled about the survey revealed.
“Even in its much-strengthened state, the nationalist movement needs to gain new supporters if it is to win a second independence referendum and running such a ballot on the premise that independence is the only way of keeping Scotland in the EU may not necessarily be the most effective way of changing the minds of many No voters.”
“Meanwhile for some existing Yes supporters, such a prospect would be regarded as a potential disadvantage, perhaps making them think twice about whether to vote for independence after all.”
In its concluding remarks, the report clearly stated that Scottish Independence is a divisive issue for nationalist movement. The commitment of many voters to remain in the EU is not as high as anticipated. A referendum held on the grounds of deciding whether Scotland wants to stay in the UK may not necessarily result in Scotland getting independence.
Here is what SNP MSP had to say.
“This analysis proves that the people should have the opportunity to make that choice and not, as our opponents have howled, that Scotland’s voice should be silenced.”
There are many costs and benefits involved in making the decision. An independent Scotland comes with its pluses and minuses. Here is a look at some of the economic benefits that Scotland reaps from remaining within the EU.
Pro UK Scottish Parties Oppose Second Referendum
The Pro-UK Scottish political parties are against holding a second referendum. They say that a second referendum within the country for Scottish Independence would create further divisions and add to the already looming uncertainty. These Scottish political parties also argue that most of the people in Scotland do not want to hold a second referendum. On the other end, UK’s Prime Minister’s spokesperson said that the PM was committed to engaging with the Scottish government on Brexit.