ALMOST two-thirds of Scots want powers currently held by Brussels to be transferred to Holyrood and not Westminster when Britain leaves the European Union, a new poll has revealed.
According to the survey, 62% want to see responsibilities over devolved areas currently held by Europe to be transferred straight to the Scottish Parliament in the wake of Brexit.
The research, for the campaigning organisation 38 Degrees, was released as negotiations continue between Scottish and UK ministers in a bid to break the deadlock over where the powers should go.
At the moment, the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales say they cannot consent to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill unless changes are made.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and her Welsh counterpart Carwyn Jones have branded the Bill a “power grab” as responsibility in devolved areas is set to be returned from Brussels to London, so UK-wide frameworks in areas such as agriculture can be drawn up.
Control over these areas would only be given to Cardiff and Edinburgh at a later stage.
The impact of the EU Withdrawal Bill on devolution is set to be debated in the House of Commons on Monday.
Ahead of that, Stewart Kirkpatrick of 38 Degrees said: “This poll couldn’t be clearer: Scots want the Scottish Parliament, not Westminster, to have control over devolved issues after Brexit.”
A total of 1,017 adults in Scotland were questioned on the issue by pollsters at Survation between November 27 and 30.
The poll also found 46% of people – rising to 62% when “don’t knows” were excluded – felt devolution would be undermined if the powers did not come to Scotland.
More than 40,000 people have signed a petition on the 38 Degrees website in support of this.
Mr Kirkpatrick, head of the organisation in Scotland, said: “38 Degrees members – and nearly two-thirds of poll respondents who expressed a view – are concerned that the UK Government’s current plans for a ‘power grab’ could undermine devolution.
“That’s why 38 Degrees members have been pulling out all the stops to make sure decisions about food, farming, fishing and the environment are made here. Thousands of us have been signing petitions and meeting our MPs.
“Now, MPs across Scotland have to listen to their constituents and vote to amend the EU Withdrawal Bill next week to protect devolution.”
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