A majority of Scots would vote for independence in a recent referendum on secession from Britain, according to a recent poll.
According to a survey published Tuesday by the British newspaper The Times, 52 percent of Scots would vote in favor of independence.
47 per cent of those polled support a further referendum within two years, according to plans by Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon, while 45 per cent opposed it.
52 percent support is the biggest benefit of independence parties since the June 2016 referendum on British membership of the European Union, The Times recalled.
The survey was conducted by Michael Ashcroft, a former British Conservative Party vice-president of politics, after a visit by a new British head of government, Boris Johnson, who has been in office since July 24, last week. According to the results, a third of Labor Party supporters, a majority of EU supporters and 18 percent of those who rejected the split in the 2014 independence referendum would now vote in favor. But over 90 percent of Scottish supporters of the Conservative Party and 10 percent of those who voted for independence would say no.
In terms of age distribution, the majority of people under the age of 50 – 62% of those aged 18-24 – support secession in Scotland.
More than half of the Scots believe that Brexit reinforces the idea of independence, which would come true in a second referendum.
At the end of May, the Scottish Government tabled a bill in the Edinburgh Parliament to prepare for a new Scottish independence referendum.
The draft does not include a date, but Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish National Party for Independence (SNP), has repeatedly said that there should be a referendum on Scottish independence before the next Scottish Parliamentary elections, until 2021, if – where the vast majority voted to stay in the EU – they are leaving the European Union against their will. The politician said in an interview with the British newspaper The Guardian Wednesday that he thought the second half of 2020 would be a good time.
The referendum also requires the consent of the British government, and London has already indicated that it will not approve a new Scottish independence referendum. In this connection, the Scottish Prime Minister said in an interview that the bill would first be approved by the Scottish Parliament before negotiations with the British Government began.
Nicola Sturgeon has repeatedly criticized the new British Prime Minister for Brexit. Boris Johnson says “he speaks of Brexit, especially the termination of British membership of the European Union without agreement, as if it were in the best order, and anyone who does not think is dismal.” As he said, at a meeting last week, the two of them made clear their stance that an uninvolved Brexit would be disastrous.