61% favour involving devolved administrations in EU talks, says poll

Nicola Sturgeon - St. Andrew's Day 2015

A new poll conducted by Survation indicates strong support for the UK’s devolved governments to have formal roles in the Brexit negotiations.

The Survation poll conducted for the Daily Record asked respondents which statement did they agreed with more.

A total of 61% said they agreed that “The Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish governments should be offered formal roles alongside the UK government in Brexit negotiations” whereas 32% said the devolved governments should not be offered such roles.

When voters are broken down into how they voted at the last election, the clear majority of Labour and Liberal Democrat voters favoured involving the devolved governments. Conservative voters were more likely to say that the devolved administration should not have formal roles. 52% said this whereas 43% thought the opposite.

There is also a clear Remain-Leave split, with 73% of respondents who voted to remain in the EU saying that the governments should have formal positions whereas just 52% felt the same way.

It should be urged that when poll samples are broken down like this, margins of error are higher meaning figures are likely to be less accurate than for the overall sample.

Interestingly, the poll also found that a plurality of voters are not confident that the government will secure a good Brexit deal for Britain. 49% said this whereas 38% said they were confident.

Analysis: what does it mean?

The polling indicates that most voters would like to see the devolved administrations in Scotland, England and Northern Ireland have a tangible say in the Brexit negotiations. Despite smaller samples, a majority of respondents in each English region and each UK constituent nation said they support this, implying that support is coming from across the UK and not just from the devolved nations themselves.

Whether the government takes this on board is yet to be seen, however, it is likely that Scotland in particular will continue to call for involvement in the negotiations.

The full results of the Survation poll can be viewed here.