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Just 15 months to go: what Scotland is making of Brexit

Scottish flag flying in the breeze
Researchers: Sir John Curtice
Published: January 2018

With 15 months before the official date, the National Centre for Social Research has conducted new research that examines Scottish attitudes towards Brexit.

 

Aim

In February 2017, we published a report on attitudes in Scotland towards Brexit.

Since that research was conducted, a lot has happened - and with just 15 months before the date set for Brexit, we've examined Scottish attitudes again, analysing the changes over time.

Read the full report here.

 

Key findings

  • A majority of Scottish voters would like the UK to maintain free trade with the EU, but end freedom of movement
  • However, 63% of Scottish voters would accept freedom of movement in exchange for free trade (compared to 53% across Britain as a whole)
  • Since February, people in Scotland have become more critical of how the UK is handling Brexit (69% now feel that Brexit is being handled badly by the Government, compared to 57% in spring 2017)
  • However, Scottish voters have also become more likely to criticise the EU's handling of Brexit (55% now feel that the EU is handling things badly, compared to 44% in February)
  • A majority of Scottish voters feel that decisions on fishing and farming currently made by the EU should be handed over to the Scottish Government after Brexit
  • However, most Scottish voters also think that Scotland should have the same rules on trade and immigration - agreed upon with the EU - as the rest of the UK.

 

Methods

We interviewed a random sample of 859 adults, aged 18 and over, living in Scotland. All respondents had initially been interviewed as part of the 2015 or 2016 Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, and had agreed to take part in short follow-up interviews online or over the phone.