UK Government ‘polling Scots on Scottish Independence support’

The UK government has been polling Scots about their views on the “state of the Union”, it has emerged.

Sunday, 5th May 2019, 9:22 am
Updated Sunday, 5th May 2019, 9:25 am

Nationalists say it shows Westminster is “rattled” after Nicola Sturgeon last week unveiled plans to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence, expected to be next year.

Pollster Ipsos-Mori was commissioned by the Cabinet Office to find out voters’ views on the UK as a result, according to The National.

A Cabinet Office spokesman added: “The UK government regularly contracts research, carried out in different parts of the UK, to understand public perceptions towards government policy.”

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The UK Government is believed to be polling Scots to gauge how much they support independence. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

But Edinburgh East MP Tommy Sheppard (inset)claimed that this showed that “Downing Street are clearly rattled”. He also added that it was “entirely unacceptable” for public money to be used for such political purposes.

A YouGov poll last week put support for Scottish independence at its highest point in four years.

MP Tommy Sheppard said the move shows the Government is 'rattled'