MAJORITY OF LABOUR MEMBERS BACK SCOTLAND’S RIGHT TO CHOOSE

January 20, 2020

The SNP has ramped up pressure on Labour in Scotland to now back a second independence referendum, after a new survey revealed that an 77% of Labour members support - or are open to supporting - Scotland’s right to choose its own future.

The YouGov/Times poll found that only 16% were opposed.

In Scotland, the survey showed that 57% support - or are open to support - an independence referendum.

Separate polls also show that 4 in 10 Labour voters support independence, with senior Labour figures such as former First Minister Henry McLeish and former Deputy Leader Alex Rowley also coming out and backing Scotland’s right to choose its own future.

Patricia Gibson MP said:

“This latest survey should serve as a wake-up call for Labour in Scotland. It is now time for them to back a second independence referendum.

“With a strong majority of Labour members across Scotland and the UK supporting - or open to supporting - a second independence referendum, it’s clearer than ever that denying democracy to the people of Scotland is a completely unsustainable position for Labour.

“Labour’s leadership is not just out of touch with the electorate – losing all but one seat in Scotland at the general election – it seems out of touch with its own party members.

“With Westminster actively acting against Scotland’s interests, the people of Scotland must have the right to choose a better future as an independent country. A decision which should lie solely with the people of Scotland.”

YouGov/Times survey: https://d25d2506sfb94s.cloudfront.net/cumulus_uploads/document/bpvaml3meh/TimesResults_200115_LabMembers_w2.pdf

Now thinking about a referendum on Scottish independence, do you think Labour should...?

UK

Support having one - 33%
Oppose having one - 16%
Not actively support one, but be open to supporting
one as part of a coalition deal with the SNP - 44%
Don't know - 7%

SCOTLAND

Support having one - 27%
Oppose having one - 37%
Not actively support one, but be open to supporting
one as part of a coalition deal with the SNP - 30%
Don't know - 6%

 

 

 

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