Will Brexit work as a recruiting sergeant to the cause of independence?by John Curtice / April 7, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in May 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
It is not a surprise that the debate about Scottish independence has come to the boil once more. Far from proving decisive, the September 2014 independence referendum left Scotland more divided on the issue than ever before. The powder keg just needed relighting.
The European Union referendum has done just that. Scotland’s wish to remain in the EU was overturned by the weight of “Leave” votes in England and Wales. For nationalists this was a clear illustration that, while it is in the UK, Scotland’s “democratic wishes” are always at risk of being overturned. The UK government’s pursuit of a much harder Brexit than the Scottish government would like now adds insult to the injury.