Poll shows Welsh opposition for Scottish Independence

An exclusive poll for ITV Cymru Wales shows the overwhelming majority of Welsh people are opposed to independence for Scotland. The result comes as there's a warning that the Scottish referendum could disadvantage Wales regardless of the result.

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Expert: Wales worse off after Scottish referendum

Wales could be worse off - whatever the result of the upcoming Scottish referendum - according to a leading Scottish expert.

Nicola McEwen of Edinburgh University says a 'yes' vote could leave Wales' voice diminished within a reduced UK, while a 'no' vote could see Scottish needs dominate any future discussions of change.

Meanwhile, a new poll for ITV News, in partnership with Cardiff University, shows a clear majority of people in Wales want Scotland to remain within the UK.

Wales wants Scotland to stay in UK

An opinion poll for ITV Wales shows that if Welsh people had a vote on Scottish independence, they would vote 'no' in large numbers. People were asked the question that will appear on the ballot paper in Scotland this September. They were also asked how they would vote in a Welsh referendum.

  • Should Scotland be an independent country?
  • Yes 16%
  • No 63%
  • Don't know/Wouldn't vote 21%
  • Should Wales be an independent country?
  • Yes 14%
  • No 72%
  • Don't know/Wouldn't vote 14%

The answer about Welsh independence didn't change much when people were asked to assume that a referendum in Wales was after Scotland had voted to leave the United Kingdom.

  • Should Wales be an independent country?
  • Yes 16%
  • No 69%
  • Don't know/Wouldn't vote 15%

YouGov polled a sample of 1092 people across Wales, 12-14 May 2014.

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Scottish referendum: Wales will be worse off

Wales will be worse off, whatever the result of the upcoming Scottish referendum - that's the verdict of a leading Scottish expert.

According to Nicola McEwen of Edinburgh University, a 'yes' vote would leave Wales' voice diminished in the rest of the UK, while a 'no' vote could see Scottish needs dominate any future change.

It comes as a new opinion poll reveals huge support within Wales for Scotland to stay a part of the UK.

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