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Scottish independence polls: How public mood has shifted since devolution

IndyRef2: Sturgeon says ‘let the people of Scotland decide’

A quarter of a century ago, less than three-quarters of Scots voted in a referendum to establish a Scottish Parliament. Since then, the decentralization of the state has support independence among his people.Nearly eight years after the first referendum, the Chief Minister Nicholas Sturgeon Plans for a second meeting in 2023 have been floated as latest polls show support for keeping the EU ahead by a narrow 2% margin.

During the June cost of living crisis, 83% of Scots said they were unhappy with the then Prime Minister Boris Johnsonthe Scots are Split 50-50 equally on unrelated issuesaccording to Ipsos.

This The latest Panelbase survey 49% showed support for Scottish independence, with 51% in favor of keeping the coalition, after adjusting for undecided voters.

As the Scottish government battles Westminster for its right to hold another referendum, the British Express looks back on the history of the independence movement on the 25th anniversary of Scotland’s vote to create a parliament Scottish.

Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon were at the forefront of the push for Scottish independence (Image: Getty)

By the end of the 1970s, support for Scottish independence was just over 10%.

However, according to Margaret ThatcherHis government introduced the wildly unpopular poll tax in Scotland a year earlier, with support reaching 40%.

After stabilizing around 30% in the mid-1990s, Tony Blair See the idea gain momentum – in 1997, the “yes” party exceeded 40% in the polls for the first time.

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Holyrood Scottish Parliament Building

The Scottish Parliament building at Holyrood in Edinburgh opened in 2004 (Image: Getty)

Nicholas Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon pledges to hold a second independence referendum on Brexit Day on January 31, 2020 (Image: Getty)

In a referendum held on September 11, 1997, 74.3% of Scots support the creation of a Scottish Parliament.

On the secondary question of whether this parliament should have tax reform powers, 63.5% of voters backed it.

The first elections were held two years later and the first session of the Scottish Parliament was held on 12 May 1999.

On July 1, 1999, the Scottish Parliament was officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen and given full legislative powers.

Originally held at the Church of Scotland’s Edinburgh Town Hall, in 2004 the remains were moved to the new Scottish Parliament building at Holyroodhouse.

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Votes for Scottish independence by region

How Scots voted in the 2014 independence referendum (Picture: Express)

Calls for independence waned during the first decade of the new millennium when the Scottish Parliament was given the power to legislate on devolved matters such as agriculture, housing, health and social services.

by the time Gordon BrownA Scottish himself who became Prime Minister in 2007, support for independence has fallen to 24%, its lowest level for more than 20 years.

However, in the years following the support of Alex Salmond Scottish National Party (SNP) bloated pro-independence parties won a majority at Holyrood in 2011 and pledged to hold a referendum.

The referendum was finally held on 18 September 2014 and resulted in 55.3% of Scottish voters opposing the Scottish independence plan and 44.7% voting in favour.

Turnout of 84.6% was the highest for a UK election or referendum since 1910.

Despite the failure of the independence movement, support continues to grow, especially after the independence movement 2016 Brexit referendum Scotland voted to remain in the EU with 62% of the vote.

Shortly after Mr Johnson became Prime Minister in July 2019, support for Scottish independence topped 50% for the first time in history.

Support for the ‘Yes’ campaign peaked at 56% in November 2020 as the devolved government deals with the coronavirus pandemic in Scotland.

Rally in favor of independence Glasgow 2014

Pro-independence rallies held across Scotland ahead of 2014 referendum (Image: Getty)

In January 2021, the SNP said the devolved government would introduce a bill to hold a second independence referendum if the pro-independence parties won the Scottish general election in May.

In June 2022, Ms Sturgeon formed a coalition government with the Scottish Greens – also independentists – announcing that she planned to hold another referendum on October 19, 2023, called IndyRef2.

embroiled in a legal dispute westminsterwho insists the Scottish Parliament does not have the power to pass such legislation, and on Wednesday the SNP was asked to take its case to the Supreme Court.

restock British Prime Minister Liz Truss – Having spent part of her childhood in Paisley, she described herself as a ‘child of the unions’ during the Tory leadership campaign – and has repeatedly said she will not allow another referendum.

“In the 2014 referendum, the SNP agreed it was a once in a lifetime referendum,” Ms Truss told a rally in Perth in August.

“I believe politicians will keep their word and Nicola Sturgeon should keep her word. She should be dealing with a very real problem in Scotland, not campaigning for another referendum.

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