Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 27 November 2014

Scotland's drift from England is clear as poll draws near

THE increasing gap in political cultures between Scotland and England is further evidenced by the latest research on voting intentions for the European parliamentary elections.

Of those surveyed in Scotland, 48% would vote to remain in the EU if a referendum was held, compared with 32% who said they would vote to leave. In England, 40% would vote to leave the EU, compared with 37% who would vote to stay in. It is also clear from the research that 'Scottish' identifiers back entirely different parties from 'English' identifiers.

Scotland and England are moving in different political directions. The referendum will determine whether Scotland will plough its own furrow or remain shackled to a political system whose values we no longer share.

ALEX ORR

Edinburgh

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