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A new opinion poll has revealed that a majority of people in Scotland want the UK and Scottish Governments to work closer together on the COVID-19 response.

The Survation poll found that 56 per cent want our two governments to work more closely together on a joint response to the pandemic.

Only 19 per cent said they want the administrations to continue working as closely together as they do at the moment, while 16 per cent said they want the governments to work less closely together – primarily SNP voters.

The poll of over 1,000 people in Scotland also revealed that two-thirds are not satisfied with the way the UK and Scottish governments work together on the issues that impact on their lives, with only 24 per cent satisfied.

The findings follow a number of disagreements between the two governments and the introduction of different restriction rules across the UK.

There is a clear demand for greater unity at a time of crisis here in the UK, as also evidenced across the pond following the US election.

Pamela Nash, chief executive of Scotland in Union, said:

“Co-operation should be at the heart of devolution, not division.

“This poll shows that a majority of people in Scotland are dissatisfied with the way that our two governments work together, and particularly want the administrations to co-operate more amid the ongoing coronavirus emergency.

“Both governments should put their differences aside and take a leaf out of Joe Biden’s book as he promotes the importance of unity and bringing people together.

“This is the worst possible time to find new ways to divide Scotland, which is why the SNP should abandon its plans for a divisive second independence referendum that would tear communities apart.”

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