Benchmark required for vote
New poll ‘would be triggered by 60%’ wanting independence
The SNP will require 60% of voters to be in favour of Scottish independence before calling another referendum, it has been claimed.
Senior SNP sources told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Pienaar’s Politics that they are setting this minimum target as a trigger point.
There has been no official comment from the SNP. SNP leader and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has only stated that there would need to be a significant change in circumstances, such as a vote to take Britain out of the EU.
She stated at last week’s party conference that she would work at persuading more voters to support independence before considering a new poll. This appears to have led to today’s suggestion that a two-thirds majority would be the required benchmark.
An SNP spokesman said: “As the FM set out there will only be a second referendum on independence if there is clear evidence of a shift of opinion.
“The far more urgent question is whether the UK government will honour the vow by strengthening the Scotland Act, end the unnecessary ideological austerity drive that is hurting low income households and act to protect Scotland’s place in the EU.”