Not even Brexit made Scotland want independence, says Spectator editor Fraser Nelson

'Not even Brexit affected polls for Scots who want independence', says Spectator editor Fraser Nelson

A prominent editor explained the challenges the Scottish First Minister will face in her bid

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A leading editor has said "not even Brexit" increased the numbers of Scots who want independence.

Nicola Sturgeon announced on Monday she would lobby Holyrood to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence. 

In an announcement which divided opinion across the United Kingdom, the Scottish First Minister said she would aim to hold a new vote by autumn 2018 or spring 2019.

Fraser Nelson, editor of the Spectator, outlined the size of the task awaiting Ms Sturgeon in an interview with Julia Hartley-Brewer. 

He said: “The challenge Sturgeon is facing is from her own party activists.

"She’s in a great job, trebling the number of SNP members who want her to stage the battle sooner rather than later.

"However in Scotland, there is not a majority support for another referendum. Public opinion in scotland has hardly changed since three years ago.

"Not even Brexit has changed the fact that 45% of Scots want independence.

"There’s no greater appetite for it. But this is what nationalists do, they fight and call for a referendum."