SNP Conference LIVE: Blackford dealt huge blow as YES voters reject Indyref2

Scotland: 'Independence party attracting SNP voters' says

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The SNP Westminster leader will today say the party will “stay true to our word” and give voters in Scotland a choice over their future in a second vote. In a speech this afternoon, Mr Blackford will say that is “a manifesto promise we made to the Scottish people” and also a “democratic promise we will keep”.

With the Tories having been in Government in the UK for more than a decade, the MP will tell SNP supporters: “Westminster has already chosen its future.

“A jobs-destroying Brexit, the return of Tory austerity cuts and more attacks on devolution.”

Speaking about Scotland he will insist: “We can’t be forced to accept that future. It is now Scotland’s turn to choose.”

But in a Savanta ComRes poll, almost a quarter of people who voted “yes” in 2014 do not believe there should be another Scottish independence referendum.

The research also found that exactly half of voters do not want another constitutional ballot.

This figure includes 16 percent of those who backed the SNP in May’s Holyrood election and 23 percent of those who voted for Scotland to leave the UK seven years ago.

By comparison, 44 percent of those surveyed would like a fresh referendum.

Savanta ComRes interviewed 1,016 Scottish adults aged 16+ online from 3-9 September 2021.

Data were weighted by age, sex, region, the results of the 2021 Scottish Parliament elections and the results of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum.

Voting intentions were also weighted by likelihood to vote.


10am update: Scottish bars to be hit by vaccine passport

Pubs with late licenses could be dragged into Nicola Sturgeon’s vaccine passport scheme she warned, as one in every 45 Scots had Covid last week.

The First Minister said pubs and bars that “operate quite like a nightclub” may be included so they do not gain an unfair advantage.

She said an exact definition for for “nightclubs and other analogous venues”, where passports will be requited, will be published shortly amid a growing backlash.

But a charity which represents music venues said this “potentially covers a huge range of pubs, bars, restaurants, wedding venues, hotels, conference centres and pretty much everywhere where celebrations through a community activity are being enjoyed.”

The Music Venue Trust (MVT) warned the plans were “unclear, lacking in detail and liable to provoke confusion among both the public and venue operators.”

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