Scots want to stay in EU

A clear majority of Scots want to stay in the European Union while most people in Britain want to leave, a poll suggests, reports

Some 57% of people in Scotland would vote to stay in the EU if a referendum were held, compared with 37% of people across the UK, a YouGov poll found.

 Just 28% of people in Scotland want to leave compared with 47% across the UK.

 First minister-in-waiting Nicola Sturgeon said the results reinforce her demand for an EU exit to require the assent of all of the nations of the UK, rather than a simple UK majority.

 But the poll also shows that the Wales/Midlands area may be the most eurosceptic with support of the EU running at just a third, compared with almost half who want to leave.

 Ms Sturgeon has not ruled out holding another Scottish independence referendum, particularly if Scotland is at risk of being withdrawn from the EU against its will.

 ”If another referendum happens will not be dictated by politicians – it will be down to the will of the Scottish people,” she told Sky News’s Murnaghan programme.

 When asked if an EU exit would precipitate another independence referendum, Ms Sturgeon said: “I think if that scenario was to unfold there would be significant disquiet and concern within Scotland because it would be disastrous for our economic interests to be outside of the EU.