A ballot launched this week has proven simply how polarising the Scottish independence debate has change into within the UK, as solely 20 p.c of English individuals “strongly oppose” secession. A Telegraph ballot with Savanta ComRes requested 1,894 English adults for his or her views on every little thing from the thought of putting in a border between England and Scotland as to if the Scots ought to maintain the pound. Requested to what extent do you assist or oppose Scottish Independence, simply 32 p.c stated they opposed it.
In the meantime, 25 p.c supported the Scots going it alone, with 30 p.c saying they’re neither in assist nor against independence.
Rigidity over independence peaked in 2019 when independence supporters carried banners demanding “England get out of Scotland”.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was requested in regards to the banner, and she or he condemned it.
Talking at Edinburgh Fringe Competition, she stated: “The banner you speak about, that individual with that banner doesn’t communicate for the Scottish Nationwide Get together (SNP) and that sentiment has no place within the sort of Scotland I need us to be and assume we’re.
“I believe you possibly can’t get to a scenario, in any occasion, which you could say with certainty that you just by no means appeal to the flawed sort of individual. However you might be vehement and resolute in calling it out and saying very clearly if that is your opinion you do not belong on this occasion, we do not need you.
“And individuals who put up banners like that I do not need them within the SNP, I am sorry if that offends them however I do not need them.”
This would not be the final time a banner of this type was displayed.
In August 2020, a banner with the identical slogan was held aloft on the England-Scotland border.
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Mr Clerkin denied that the protest was anti-English, emphasising that the marketing campaign’s precedence was based mostly round public well being.
He added: “We’re drawing consideration to this situation and calling on the Scottish authorities to implement quarantine restrictions on individuals from south of the border if they’re engaged in non important journey.
“It will be finest that individuals residing in England consider others and take staycations in England which is in the perfect curiosity of public well being.
“The concept right now’s protest is anti-English is just not true.
“This protest is only about defending the well being of the individuals of Scotland.”