Devo Plus calls for parties to sign ‘Glasgow Agreement’ on a new Union between Scotland and the rest of the UK
New polling, conducted by YouGov on behalf of the Devo Plus group, has shown the dramatic effect which Devo Plus could have on the result of the independence referendum.
The polling, conducted from 19-22 August, shows that the adoption of Devo Plus makes the option of remaining within the United Kingdom a significantly more attractive proposition.
The key findings are as follows:
- 16% of those voters not currently intending to vote ‘no’ are more likely to do so if their vote helps to deliver Devo Plus
Almost one-in-three Labour voters not intending to vote ‘no’ would be more likely to do so
Even one-in-ten SNP voters would be more likely to vote ‘no’ if they got Devo Plus
- An absolute majority of all voters want the anti-independence parties to set out their vision of more powers for the Scottish Parliament before the referendum
58% of Labour voters want these powers set out before the referendum, against 12% who want them set out afterwards
65% of SNP voters agree, against only 7% who think it should take place after the referendum
Commenting, Ben Thomson, Chairman of Devo Plus, said:
“Our previous polling on this issue showed that Devo Plus was the most popular option for Scotland’s constitutional future, and this poll confirms its popularity.
“What this poll clearly demonstrates is the widespread public backing for an agreement on more powers for the Scottish Parliament in advance of the referendum, and the impact that agreement could have on the result. Strikingly, for every person who believes an agreement can wait until after the referendum, there are five who want an agreement now.
“That’s why we are urging parties to sign up to our ‘Glasgow Agreement’. The Glasgow Agreement, based on our paper A New Union, will provide the foundation for further powers whilst maintaining an enduring relationship between Scotland and the rest of the UK.
“This is a unique opportunity to create a new constitutional settlement for Scotland within the UK. Over the next year and beyond, we will be working with all parties to help deliver it.”