Scots Want Fishing and Farming Decisions at Holyrood

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Thursday January 11 2018

The vast majority are losing trust in The UK Governments handling of Brexit.

Findings of the latest National Centre for Social Research (ScotCen) survey show voters want fishing and farming powers to remain in the hands of the Scottish Government, rather than Westminster.

Stephen Gethins MP, said the survey confirms there is growing concern that the Tories are taking us down a ‘reckless and damaging’ Brexit path – with a full 69% of Scots responding that they think the UK government is handling the process badly, up 12 points. The Tories have yet to rule out a ‘power grab’ over farming and fishing powers, which is completely at odds with the devolution settlement.

The analysis also showed Scots are far more open to the free movement of people.

While the survey, taken in October 2017, showed little evidence of a swing either for or against Scottish independence, a more recent poll in December 2017 found support for independence higher than in 2014 at 46%. 

Stephen Gethins MP commented:

“This ScotCen survey has deeply worrying findings for the UK government.

“It is absolutely clear that the vast majority of Scots have lost confidence in the UK’s handling of Brexit – with a full 69% now saying they believe it is being badly handled – up from 57%.  

“It is not surprising that confidence in the UK government is so low given the utter incoherence and failure of the Tories.

“We are being driven down a reckless and damaging path and everyone can see it - save for the UK Government and its anti-European wing increasingly in control of the party.

“What is very encouraging is that the majority of respondents are clear that they do trust Holyrood to make decisions in areas that the Tories want to grab for Westminster.

“Over 60% want fishing decisions in Scotland following Brexit and 59% want farming powers in Scottish hands.

“The Tories – and the Scottish Tories in particular – have to heed this.

“This continued attempt at a Westminster ‘power grab’ is unacceptable and unpopular.

“It makes no sense.

“The survey also shows that Scots are far more open to the free movement of people in order to maintain free trade with the rest of the EU.

“It is so important we attract people to Scotland.

“We face the danger that our working population will fall meaning fewer taxpayers to contribute to things like the NHS.

“All of our population increase is expected to come from immigration. 

"And while there was little evidence of a swing either for or against Scottish independence, a more recent poll in December 2017 found support for independence higher than in 2014 at 46%. 

“The clock is ticking with just over a year to go until the Tories say they are going to pull us out of the EU.

“Extreme Tory plans to drag Scotland and the UK out of the single market and customs union will do immense damage – destroying hundreds of thousands of jobs, and damaging people’s incomes, livelihoods, and living standards for decades to come. 

“The SNP has hosted a cross-party summit in Westminster to look at these issues and we will continue to work with all progressive parties to protect our vital single market membership and to hold this hopeless UK government to account.’’

 

 

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