New poll shows most Scots believe full British Brexit will hit Scotland’s economy

Most people in Scotland (45%) think the Scottish economy will get worse if the country is yanked out the Europe Union as a result of the vote in favour of British Independence from the EU-bloc.

The YouGov poll also shows very strong backing for the Scottish Government’s proposals for Scotland to remain in the single market to be taken seriously by the UK Government – and to be raised by the UK in its negotiations with the EU.

It also finds strong support for the Scottish parliament being consulted before Article 50 is triggered.

Mike Russell, the Scottish Government Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe, commented:  “These figures show that people right across Scotland understand the massive economic damage that is threatened by the Tories’ hard Brexit obsession, which risks tearing us out of a single market eight times bigger than the UK’s alone.
 
“People think – by a margin of more than three to one – that the Scottish economy is more likely to get worse than better as a result of Brexit. And an even bigger proportion think the situation will get worse for the poorest in Scottish society.”

The YouGov poll, conducted from 6-16 January 2016 with a sample size of 2,066 people across Scotland, found the following results:

Do you think the situation in Scotland, including for the Scottish economy and society, will get better or worse as a result of Brexit or do you think it will it stay about the same?

Get a lot better 5
Get a little better 8
 

TOTAL BETTER

 

13

Stay about the same 26
Get a little worse 23
Get a lot worse 22
 

TOTAL WORSE

 

45

Don’t know 16

 

Do you think the situation for the poorest in Scottish society will get better or worse as a result of Brexit, or do you think it will it stay about the same?

Get a lot better 3
Get a little better 5
TOTAL BETTER 8
 

Stay about the same

29
Get a little worse 22
Get a lot worse 24
 TOTAL WORSE 46
Don’t know 16

 

Thinking about the current legal challenge to the government invoking Article 50 to start the Brexit process, would you support or oppose the Scottish Parliament being consulted before the UK government triggers Article 50 (formally starts the Brexit process)?

Strongly support 32
Tend to support 17
TOTAL SUPPORT 49
Neither support nor oppose 13
Tend to oppose 10
Strongly oppose 13
TOTAL OPPOSE 23
Don’t know 15

 

In the EU Referendum, 52% of votes cast across the UK were to leave, while in Scotland 62% were to remain. The UK Government has said it will proceed with negotiations to leave the EU. The Scottish Government has proposed a plan to remain in the European single market.

Thinking about the UK Government’s approach to the Brexit negotiations, which of the following statements best reflects your views?

It is important that the plan proposed by the Scottish Government to remain in the European single market is taken seriously and raised by the UK Government in its negotiations with the EU      51
The UK Government need not factor in the plan proposed by the Scottish Government to remain in the European single market, and need not raise it in its negotiations with the EU      29
Don’t know      20

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