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Anti-Brexit campaign kicks off

Remain support rising as Scots demand People’s Vote

Anti-Brexit rally in Edinburgh

Anti-Brexit campaigners took to the streets in March and new evidence suggests support for remain is rising (pic: Terry Murden)


A new survey indicates that a fresh poll on Britain’s membership of the EU would result in the UK voting to remain.

The survey is published as the Scottish campaign for a People’s Vote was launched in Edinburgh.

Fresh polling published by Scotland for a People’s Vote, conducted by Survation, shows that 64% of people in Scotland believe that a new referendum would result in the UK voting to stay in the EU, with 36% thinking the result would be to leave. 

The poll also shows that people in Scotland back a People’s Vote by 59% to 41% (encompassing big majorities across SNP, Labour and Lib Dem voters), and support remain by 63% to 37% (a point higher than in the 2016 referendum). All figures are excluding ‘don’t knows’. 

This weekend sees a national Letter Writing Party asking people to write to their MPs and MSPs, either calling on them to back a People’s Vote, or thanking them if they already do. 

There is also a Scotland-wide Day of Action on 10 November, with activity already planned Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen, Perth, Stirling, Inverness and St Andrews. Street stalls will have leaflets, petitions, opportunities to share videos on social media. 

Today’s launch was chaired by Mark Lazarowicz, incoming chairman of the European Movement in Scotland.

Speaking at the event, Dr Kirsty Hughes – who is director of the Scottish Centre on European Relations – said: “There is no good Brexit – just a range of bad Brexits, economically, politically and in terms of our security and international influence. Scotland voted strongly to stay in the EU in 2016, and the whole UK now agrees with Scotland and supports remain according to a whole host of recent polls.

“We are calling on politicians from all parties in Scotland to respond positively to the case for a People’s Vote. It’s in Scotland’s interests to stay in the EU and a strong lead from Scottish politicians can help ensure that the majority in Scotland who support holding a People’s Vote is given a voice before the issue comes to the House of Commons.” 

John Edward – former Head of the European Parliament Office in Scotland, who was Chief Campaign Spokesperson for Scotland Stronger in Europe during the 2016 EU Referendum – said: “This new poll shows that the people of Scotland are optimistic about achieving a remain result across the UK, and we share that confidence. 

“Scotland can come together and play a leading role in the campaign for a People’s Vote, and help to bring back common sense through a referendum on the reality of Brexit – not the fiction of the Leave campaign in 2016.”

Also speaking at the event was Georgie Harris, vice-president Community of the University of Edinburgh Students’ Association.


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