Row erupts as Scottish independence poll shows 59% of Scots back remaining in UK
By Democrat reporter
The word on the street down Westminster way is that Nicola Sturgeon does NOT want another independence referendum.
Five years after the Yes/No referendum a survey commissioned by pro-UK campaigners Scotland in Union found large majority would vote to “remain” in UK but SNP say it is a “rigged” poll, according to the Daily Record.
Some pundits say that the First Minister is quietly pleased about this since she would not have to suffer the ignominy of defeat and could quit without having that blot on her escutcheon.
Others feel Ms Sturgeon is chaffing at the bit to retire since the report of the Salmond inquiry committee and the outcome of the investigation into care home deaths in Scotland could bring the Holyrood ceiling crashing down on her.
Scots would still vote to stay in the UK five years after the independence referendum, according to a poll.
A survey commissioned by pro-UK campaigners Scotland in Union found 59 per cent would vote to “remain” in the UK.But the result was rubbished by the SNP , which branded the poll of 1003 adults “rigged” because of its wording.
It asked: “If there was a vote tomorrow with the question, ‘Should Scotland remain in the UK or leave the UK ?’, how would you vote?”
In President Trump-like fashion, SNP deputy leader Keith Brown, refused to accept the results of the poll.
He said: “They are trying to rig the question in a deliberate bid to confuse independence with Brexit.”
Five years ago tomorrow, 55 per cent of voters said No to independence while 45 per cent voted Yes.
Shadow Scottish Secretary Lesley Laird said: “Ever since they found out that they lost, the SNP have been agitating for a re-run.
“That is not what people in Scotland want, and I’m not convinced it’s what Nicola Sturgeon wants – because she knows she would lose again.”