Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says if Scots had known they were about to leave the EU just two years after their independence referendum, they would ‘undoubtedly’ have voted to leave the Kingdom -United. Ms Sturgeon published an article last month claiming that Scotland could thrive outside the UK, and further articles are planned on the national currency, borders and EU membership.
As a result, Express.co.uk asked readers whether to prevent a second Brexit referendum.
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In a poll that ran from midday Monday July 4 to midday Monday July 11, Express.co.uk asked: “Should a second Brexit referendum be made illegal?
A total of 8,183 people responded, and the vast majority, 79% (6,438 people) said “yes”, a second referendum should be made illegal.
A further 21% (1,689 people) said ‘no’ it shouldn’t, while just 56 people said they didn’t know.
A BBC Question Time panelist said Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was still in office at the time, should call Ms Sturgeon’s ‘bluff’ and hold a second EU independence referendum ‘Scotland.
Daily Telegraph columnist Fraser Nelson joined Fiona Bruce in Inverness, Scotland on Thursday June 30.
He said: “Really, I think Boris Johnson might be tempted to call their bluff because if there was one and they fought it, current opinion polls would suggest it would be a real fight.
“Especially when you start to wonder who pays the pensions, in what currency, how would you deal with a hard border with England that should exist after Brexit.
“Tough questions, and I don’t think the SNP in their hearts really wants to answer them.”
In response, Express.co.uk conducted a separate poll which ran from midday Friday July 1 to midday Monday July 11, Express.co.uk asked: ‘If Boris calls Sturgeon’s bluff and calls the 2023 elections to block independence offers?”
A total of 1,159 people voted and readers were divided on the issue.
About 50% (580 people) said “no” while 49% (565 people) said “yes”.
Another percent (14 people) said they didn’t know anything.
However, user name sandman2012 said, “The original poll should be respected, but there is plenty of evidence to the contrary.”
Others have argued that a second referendum on Scottish independence should not take place and that Ms Sturgeon should not bluff.
Username Pockets 051 said, “No way, let her stomp and scream.”
Username Beehive wrote: “NO. Last time she said it was a once in a lifetime vote. Our countries should not be subject to this disruption.
And username NoPainNoGain said, “No, because they’ll just want another and another and another vote. People have already decided to get over it.
Still, username PhilCo58 said, “Yes, with the understanding that if the vote is no, they reimburse the full cost. The taxpayer paid once, why should we pay again.