See ya, Nicola! Poll shows English don't care if Scotland quits but block extra money

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While Ms Sturgeon attempts to break up the union, a new poll has found the majority of English voters don’t care if Scotland becomes independent. In a poll by Savanta ComRes, 30 percent of adults declared they had no interest in the matter. A further 25 percent actually supported Scottish independence in a blow to Boris Johnson’s attempts to keep the UK intact.

In contrast, only 32 percent oppose Scottish independence while 20 “strongly oppose”.

When it comes to funding north of the border, however, 34 percent were against the UK Government increasing financial support to retain Scotland.

Just 26 percent supported increasing the Barnett formula, which is the mechanism used to determine Treasury money north of the border.

Commenting on the poll commissioned by The Daily Telegraph, Savanta ComRes pollster Chris Hopkins said: “This poll shows that English voters very much feel as though Scottish independence is a Scottish issue, with just a third off English adults saying they should get a vote in any future referendum, and little appetite for the UK Government providing extra financial incentive to persuade Scotland to stay in the union.

“It was interesting here that Labour voters seemed more supportive of Scottish independence than voters of other parties, but any such support from Labour’s leadership would likely guarantee much more Conservative Prime Ministers, with Labour likely to be so reliant on the SNP for a coalition or pact were it to ever get back to Downing Street.”

While the majority of English voters are disinterested in the matter, 44 percent said independence would fail.

Thirty-one percent believe Scotland will be weaker, while just 18 percent believe it would be stronger independent from the UK.

Finally, when commenting on whether the English public should be given a say on Scotland’s independence, 32 percent said yes while 44 percent said no.

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She has even warned the matter could be settled in court although Ms Sturgeon claimed it should not reach that point.

Ms Sturgeon added: “It would be absurd and completely outrageous if it ever got to that point.

“If we get to that point then Scotland will be in a situation where it is being told that it has no democratic route to become an independent countr it would be such a grave and serious and undemocratic situation that I don’t believe on either side anybody wants it to get to that point.”

The Tories have also pointed to the lack of an overall majority in Holyrood as a reason for denying a second independence vote.

Indeed, the SNP won 64 seats, one shy of an outright majority but there are plans to form a pro-independence alliance with the Greens who won eight seats.

The Government has, however, concluded the country must focus on ending the pandemic rather than independence.

Cabinet office minister, Michael Gove said: “If you look at the votes cast in constituencies in Scotland, more people voted for parties that were opposed to an independence referendum than those that might entertain that prospect.



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