Tuesday, 12 July 2016 07:28

EU POLL – Support across continent for Scotland's place in Europe

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SCOTLAND MUST NOT BE DRAGGED OUT OF EUROPE AGAINST OUR WILL

The SNP has today welcomed a new YouGov poll showing strong support for Scotland’s place in Europe from citizens across the continent – and made clear that Scotland must not be taken out of the EU against our will.

The YouGov Euro Track poll interviewed 8,404 people in six EU countries and Norway – including 2,045 in Germany and 1,008 in France – and found support for an independent Scotland’s place in the EU from people in each country surveyed, including the UK.

Responding to the question “Would you endorse or reject Scotland joining the EU if it became separate from Great Britain?” 71 per cent of people in Germany, 61 per cent of people in France and 67 per cent of people in Denmark were in favour. There is also majority support for an independent Scotland in Europe in Finland and Sweden, while people in the UK support this by 41 per cent to 29 per cent.

Commenting, SNP MSP Joan McAlpine – who is Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s European and External Relations Committee – said:

“These are very encouraging figures showing that people across the continent value Scotland’s role in Europe – and from France and Germany to Finland and Sweden, it’s clear that there is strong support right across Europe for Scotland’s EU membership.

“The First Minister has said that Scotland wants to play a positive, constructive, outward-looking role in Europe – and it’s clear that this message is being heard by citizens across the EU.

“Scotland voted overwhelmingly to continue our place in Europe – and this evidence shows that people right across the continent agree that our voice must be heard and our vote must be respected.

“In doing so, the First Minister has made clear that no option is off the table – and the SNP in government will do everything we can to ensure that Scotland maintains its place in the European family of nations, rather than being dragged out against our will by a right-wing Tory Government.”

Notes:

The poll is reported here: https://www.commonspace.scot/articles/8796/poll-europeans-push-eu-governments-accept-independent-scotland ;

Further details of the poll can be found here: https://twitter.com/YouGov_DE/status/751356566411046912 ;