I'm told there is a poll in today's Daily Mail that shows 51% of Scots support Scottish Independence but also 48% of the English support Independence for England.
The ICM survey of attitudes on the Union and nationality was commissioned by the Daily Mail in advance of next week's 300th anniversary of the ratification of the treaty which bound Scotland and England together. It shows that nearly half of those polled think the arrangement is unlikely to survive more than 25 years. Two out of three English voters want an end to the subsidies paid to Scotland, and a majority want to end the anomaly that gives Scots MPs at Westminster a say over legislation which affects only England. Just 31 per cent of people in England say they are British first, and only 15 per cent in Scotland. And despite a decade of constitutional tinkering by Labour, the survey fails to record a significant level of enthusiasm for devolution in Scotland. Fewer than 40 per cent of Scots say it has been a good thing, while the level of approval in England is even lower.
With recent polls showing the Scottish National Party building a lead against Labour in the race for power at Holyrood, the Mail's survey confirms that pressure for Scottish independence is building inexorably. It shows that more than half of Scots - 51 per cent - want Scotland to break away. So do 48 per cent of English respondents, again a clear majority of those who expressed an opinion one way or the other. There is even stronger support for an English parliament, with 51 per cent backing the move in England and 58 per cent in Scotland. And there was solid backing for England to have its own Prime Minister or First Minister - 54 per cent in England and 62 per cent in Scotland. Among the English, 53 per cent want Scots MPs at Westminster to be barred from voting on issues that affect England only, such as health and education. A majority of Scots who expressed a view also want to see Scots MPs' voting rights restricted. Nearly two out of three voters want Mr Brown to call an election within a year of taking over.
The full story is HERE.