Nicola Sturgeon could abandon plans to keep Scotland in the EU after poll shows record levels of Euroscepticism
Scottish First Minister’s plans for second independence referendum beginning to unravel
NICOLA Sturgeon’s plan to take an independent Scotland straight back into the EU could be abandoned after a new poll showed Euroscepticism in her country is at an all-time high.
The First Minister could instead try to join the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), whose members include Norway and Iceland.
Sources told The Telegraph she may be forced to drastically alter her plans after the results of Scottish Social Attitudes Survey found she might have gaffed over the timing of a second independence referendum.
It reported that despite Scots voting to Remain, two out of three either want Britain to leave the EU or for its powers to be slashed compared to just over half back in 2014.
And it warned calling a second referendum on independence based on keeping Scotland IN the EU may not be the best strategy for winning one.
Experts found the commitment of many voters in Scotland to remain in the EU “does not appear to be especially strong”.
And the survey result suggested Scots are now “more sceptical about the EU” than before the 2016 Brexit vote was held.
There was a second blow for Ms Sturgeon after a Spanish foreign minister insisted an independent Scotland would have to join the back of the queue for EU membership.
Speaking in Latin America, Alfonso Dastis said Scotland would get no special treatment if they quit the UK.Scotland's Nicola Sturgeon on why she's calling for a new referendum post Brexit
He told reporters in Peru an independent Scotland couldn’t “just stay in the EU”.
And that Scotland “would have to queue, meet the requirements for entry, hold negotiations and the result would be that these negotiations would take place”.
Mr Dastis added: “Spain supports the integrity of the United Kingdom and does not encourage secessions or divisions in any of the member states. We prefer things to stay as they are.”
This could lead to a climb-down by the SNP, which may apply for the EFTA status - currently enjoyed by Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
They are outside the EU but get access to the single market in return for complying with rules on the free movement of people, goods, services, and capital.
But EFTA membership, which includes little or no formal input into legislation drafted by Brussels, would have to be approved by the 27 other EU member states.Theresa May slams Nicola Sturgeon for calling another independence referendum
In further bad news from the nationalists, it emerged the rest of Britain is furious with independence-loving Scots who want to break away having trousered billions in taxpayers’ help.
An exclusive ComRes survey for The Sun has delivered the first snapshot view of what English and Welsh voters think since Scotland boss Nicola Sturgeon unveiled her shock plan for a fresh independence poll on Monday.
And in a recent Times poll an overwhelming 57 per cent of Scots have said they want to remain in the UK.
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