Support for Scottish independence has taken a slight hit after months of momentum. A Savanta ComRes poll found 46 percent of the 1,015 Scots polled were in favour of remaining part of the UK, while 43 percent supported independence and 10 percent were undecided. With undecided voters excluded, 52 percent to 48 percent of Scots indicated that they were in favour of the Union. Numerous polls in the last year had suggested a referendum would produce a Yes vote, but the Alex Salmond row appears to have had an impact on public opinion north of the border.
The poll was taken two days after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon appeared in front of a Holyrood inquiry into the Scottish government’s investigation into Mr Salmond.
Ms Sturgeon is hoping to take an independent Scotland into the EU, and her plans may be dealt another blow due to her previous comments on the eurozone.
Asked last year if Scotland would change to the euro, Ms Sturgeon said: “No, I don’t think it would.”
She added: “No we wouldn’t and there are examples in the European Union today that prove that’s not the case. Sweden, for example, joined the EU after the so-called requirements to join the euro were in place.”
Sweden does not currently use the euro as its currency and has no plans to replace the krona in the near future.
Sweden’s Treaty of Accession of 1994 made it subject to the Treaty of Maastricht, which obliges states to join the eurozone once they meet the necessary conditions.
However, professor of law at the National University of Ireland Maynooth, Tobias Locke, warned that if the Scottish government put up to much resistance to the euro, the country’s place in the EU could be threatened.
He said last year that if Scottish politicians were “too vocal about their non-commitment to taking such a step, there is a danger that the EU might in the end not agree to Scottish membership”.
Senior MEP Philippe Lamberts told Express.co.uk in December that Scotland would have to commit to adoption of the euro, and predicted that Ms Sturgeon will change her mind on the issue.
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Constitution spokesman for the Scottish Tories, Dean Lockhart, responded furiously to the move, saying it “makes no sense”.
He added: “The UK has left the EU, so Nicola Sturgeon’s personal decision to order the flying of the EU flag on Scottish government buildings makes no sense.
“It reconfirms the SNP’s refusal to accept referendum results and their ongoing focus on constitutional issues at the expense of more important priorities. But we should not be surprised. Like all nationalists, Sturgeon is obsessed with flags.”
A Scottish government spokesman said: “The EU flag is flown to reflect the overwhelming vote of the people of Scotland to remain in Europe, and as a mark of solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of EU citizens who continue to call Scotland home despite Brexit.”