#AceNewsServices – Featured Post:Feb.26: A new poll has shown an overwhelming majority of Scottish voters think the UK should only leave the European Union if all four UK nations support an exit.
The poll conducted by Survation and commissioned by the SNP found that 60 per cent of people said withdrawal from the EU should require four out votes in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, rather than a simple majority across the UK, with just 14 per cent disagreeing.
Commenting, SNP Leader and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:
"This is a very welcome and interesting poll finding. It shows that 60 per cent of people in Scotland believe that a UK exit from the European Union should only be possible if each of the four nations of the UK – Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland – vote to leave, with only 14 per cent disagreeing.
"Significantly, this democratic safeguard against Scotland being dragged out of Europe against our will is supported by a strong majority of people who voted No in the referendum as well as Yes – and by supporters of all political parties, people of all ages, all social backgrounds, and in every part of Scotland.
"This proposal has been described as ‘worth considering’ by the Labour First Minister of Wales – and with David Cameron upping the stakes with his plan to bring forward his in/out referendum, it is now more urgent than ever that people and parties across the UK who support retaining our place in Europe back it.
"Polls consistently show that people in Scotland want to continue working in partnership with our friends and allies in the EU – and if we truly are the ‘family of nations’ that Westminster politicians told us during the referendum campaign, they should back these plans to ensure that Scotland isn’t forced out of the EU against the wishes of this nation.
"A strong team of SNP MPs elected in May will ensure that Scotland’s voice isn’t drowned out by the Euro-hostility inspired by UKIP at Westminster – and will propose an amendment to any in/out EU referendum Bill requiring ‘four nation consent’ before the UK can exit Europe."
Poll details are attached.