Just 16 per cent of Scots want to have another referendum on independence as soon as possible, according to a new poll commissioned by Scotland in Union.
A third want to wait until the UK’s deal with the EU is clear before deciding whether to have another referendum while a quarter of Scots think we should hold off for a generation or by 2030. 17 per cent believe we should never have a referendum.
Alastair Cameron, Director of Scotland in Union, has called on the UK and Scottish Governments to work together on the best EU deal for the country and put talk of a second independence referendum on the back burner.
The YouGov poll also shows that nearly half of Scots believe another referendum would have a negative impact on the economy and business and the NHS and economy should be the main priority for the Scottish Government.
- 32 per cent of Scots want to wait until the UK’s deal with the EU is clear before deciding whether to have another referendum
- 46 per cent think another referendum would have a negative impact on the economy while just 22 per cent think it would have a positive impact.
- Asked to rank their priorities for the Scottish Government, the NHS (48 per cent) and the economy (40 per cent) came top while just 14 per cent holding another referendum on Scottish independence.
Alastair Cameron said: “We know the EU referendum result has left many Scots disappointed and some people are calling for the debate on Scottish independence to be re-opened.
“But this poll shows that Scotland does not want to rush into another referendum and one in three Scots want to see what Brexit means before deciding on our future.
"We believe people deserve to know what this new landscape will mean for trade, for currency and for our borders. Importantly, before dragging Scotland into another referendum, we need to hear from those proposing Scottish independence how we would deal with Scotland’s £15 billion deficit.
“These new figures show that the people of Scotland believe premature talk of a second referendum is bad for business and they want politicians in Holyrood to be focussing on the NHS and the economy.
“We would urge both the Scottish and UK Governments to work together on the best EU deal for the country and put talk of a second independence referendum on the back burner.”
Read the full tables here.