Sturgeon gets a boost ahead of General Election with Scots backing her Brexit stance
A MAJORITY OF SCOTTISH VOTERS newly polled by YouGov state they agree with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and her belief that Scotland should have a formal seat throughout the Brexit negotiating table.
48 per cent of Scots, according to a new poll, say that the first minister should a permanent representative in the negotiations, regardless of what happens in the UK General Election on Thursday (June 8).
The SNP leader, since the EU referendum which saw the UK vote to leave but Scotland vote by 62 per cent to remain, has called on the UK Government to ensure representation for the Scottish government when negotiations start.
With the SNP party on course to win a clear majority of over 40 to 50 of Scotland’s seats tomorrow (June 8), the research showed large support for the first minister’s demand.
“It is simply untenable for the Tories to continue to block Scotland having a say on these vital negotiations.” Angus Robertson
Only a narrow number at 10 per cent believe that the Scottish Government should have a role and seat only if the SNP wins a majority of seats in Scotland.
Just 29 per cent of that polled thought that the Brexit negotiations should leave Scotland with no representation at all and totally conducted by the UK Government on Scotland’s behalf. 13 per cent of voters answered that they did not know or were not sure.
The Scottish Government’s minister for Brexit Mike Russell has clashed with the UK minister for Brexit David Davis on his ability to access documents and pre-negotiation papers and positions. UK Prime Minister Theresa May has refused to contemplate the idea of an SNP representative at the Brexit talks.
48 per cent of Scots, according to a new poll, say that the first minister should a permanent representative in the negotiations
Deputy leader of the SNP, Angus Robertson, accused the UK Government of ignoring the will of the Scottish people.
He said: ““These latest polls show the SNP in a strong position as we enter the final days of the campaign, looking set to win a resounding victory in Scotland. There is clear backing for our fair proposals for Scotland to have a seat at the Brexit negotiating table.
“It is simply untenable for the Tories to continue to block Scotland having a say on these vital negotiations.”
SNP advisers would not be drawn on what the next move would be for the Scottish Government if it was confirmed that no formal Scottish representation would be on the Brexit negotiation team for the UK.
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