Support For Scottish Independence Has More Than Doubled In 10 Years

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Support for Scottish independence has doubled in the past 10 years, according to a major new study.

The latest survey of British social attitudes found that 52 per cent of Scots now want to leave the UK, compared to just 23 per cent in 2012.

And for the first time, less than half – 49 per cent – of people in Northern Ireland support staying in the UK.

The study, conducted by the National Center for Social Research (NatCen), revealed a growing divide between Scotland, England and Northern Ireland over the future of the United Kingdom.

Voters in Scotland were asked if they supported independence, a transfer of power, or the abolition of the Scottish Parliament.

The leap in support for independence since 2012 reflects the dramatic changes in Scottish politics in the past decade.

The 2014 independence referendum campaign saw a huge jump in support for leaving the UK, with the pro-union side eventually winning 55 per cent to 45 per cent.

The Brexit vote, which came despite Scotland’s desire to remain in the EU, also strengthened the cause for independence.

According to the survey, 65 per cent of those residing in Scotland have now returned to leave the UK, up from 44 per cent in 2016.

The SNP remains by far the most popular party north of the border, and continues to push for a second referendum – despite Liz Truss insisting she would oppose any attempt to hold a referendum.

The survey found that support in Northern Ireland for Irish reunification has increased from 14 per cent in 2015 to 30 now.

Brexit again appears to have been a factor, with just 37 per cent of people in Northern Ireland voting to remain now in favor of being part of the UK, down from 64 per cent.

Elsewhere, the Social Attitudes Survey also found that for the first time, more than half of Britons – 51 per cent – now support changing the voting system to proportional representation.

Sir John Curtis, senior researcher at NatCen said: UK politics now suffers from some fundamental disagreements about the rules and structures that should be in place, and these disagreements are reflected in divergent views between supporters of the different parties and those living in different parts of the UK.

More people want a change in the voting system in Westminster, support for the UK to leave has increased in Northern Ireland, and supporters of the major parties in Scotland and England are more polarized than ever on the question of how Scotland is to be governed.

Not least because of Britain’s exit from the European Union, which appears to have helped fuel a partisan feud over the country’s constitution.

“It appears that some of the remaining voters have responded that they are on the losing side of the EU referendum by now wanting to change the rules under which the UK is governed.”

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