SNP membership now over 120,000 after post-Brexit surge

22/07/2016
Nathanael Williams

Following Brexit the SNP has witnessed a jump in membership numbers

THE membership of the Scottish National Party (SNP) has gone over 120,000, according to a press statement released by the party.

According to the party, membership has increased by 4,000 since the UK voted to Leave the EU. Scotland voted to Remain by 62 per cent in contrast to the overall UK result, which totalled 52 per cent in favour of a Leave vote.

The SNP's business convener, Derek Mackay MSP, said: "With membership now over 120,000, putting the party in a strong position as we deliver our ambitious manifesto in government and lead the opposition to the Tories at Westminster.

“This extraordinary increase in membership makes clear that it is the SNP which people trust to stand up for Scotland’s best interests – in contrast to a Labour party in complete disarray north and south of the border, and a Tory party which has taken Scotland to the brink of being dragged out of the EU."

"That membership has grown substantially since the EU referendum vote is testament to the strength of feeling in Scotland that we must not be dragged out Europe against our will." Derek Mackay

"That membership has grown substantially since the EU referendum vote is testament to the strength of feeling in Scotland that we must not be dragged out Europe against our will – and the SNP in government will continue to explore every option to maintain our EU status."

In the aftermath of the Brexit vote, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it was “highly likely” that there would be a second Scottish independence referendum, while social media was filled with comments from former No voters apparently switching to Yes.

The jump in membership mirrors the trend after the loss of the first Scottish independence referendum when the party saw its figures rise to 105,000 by April of 2015.

Picture courtesy of Jonathon Riddell

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