SNP’s Nicola Sturgeon made headlines last night. She aims to force a possible minority Labour government to offer a second Scottish independence vote. When being interviewed by BBC’s Andrew Neil she said that she “would never do anything to support a Conservative government.” She also said that she wanted to stop Brexit, but also that Scotland’s future should be in Scotland’s hands.
In the 2016 Brexit referendum, 62% of the Scottish votes supported to remain in the EU, vs. 46.6% of England voting to stay, and 53.4% voting to leave.
In 2014, a vote on Scotland’s independence showed that 55.3% or 2,001,926 people voted against the idea, while 44.7% voted for independence. SNP’s Nicola Sturgeon is banking on this view to have changed following the last few years turmoil following the Brexit vote.
The idea is weakly supported by polling data, as the latest poll aggregations of Whatscotlandthinks.org, show that 45% would vote for independence while 47% vote to remain, and 7% is undecided. The gap between leave and remain has narrowed, as just after the Brexit referendum, the polls were showing that most scots preferred to be part of the UK, something that has changed in the last year.
It is difficult to predict how Scotland leaving the UK could affect the rest of the economy, but the rest of the UK is Scotland’s biggest trading partner so the Pound Sterling probably looks to lose if Scotland were to leave the UK, as synergies between Scotland and the rest of the UK would be broken.
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