New analysis reported today showing that the vast majority of constituencies in Scotland back staying in the EU whilst the majority in England back an exit shows that Scotland rejects the Euro-hostile consensus building at Westminster – and needs its own voice in Europe.
A study carried out by Durham University and the University of East Anglia finds that while voters in the majority of constituencies in England would vote to leave the EU only four seats in Scotland would back an EU exit.
The study also finds that some of the UK constituencies least supportive of an EU exit are in Scotland – and no Scottish seat is in the 150 most supportive of an exit.
Dr Chris Hanretty of the University of East Anglia said “What this analysis shows is that Scottish views on the European Union are distinct from English views. Even looking at constituencies just north of the border – areas that are by no means bedrocks of SNP support – you find a more favourable opinion of the EU than you do in the north of England.”
Commenting, SNP MSP James Dornan said:
“This is yet further evidence of the fact that Scotland rejects the Euro-hostile consensus that is building at Westminster – and wants to work in partnership with our allies in the EU, rather than risking isolation and irrelevance like David Cameron, who is more concerned about Nigel Farage and UKIP than about representing Scotland’s interests.
“As an independent report published by EY ITEM Club just this week made clear uncertainty over the UK’s position in the EU is jeopardising investment and could see a slowdown in growth – putting Scottish jobs at risk.
“This is exactly why the 'extensive new powers' promised to Scotland in the Vow should allow us to speak with a stronger and clearer voice on the European stage, rather than being represented by a Westminster establishment dancing to UKIP’s tune.”