Picture of Dr Katharine DommettDr Dommett Discusses ‘Knock-On Implications’ of Scottish Independence Bid

Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield earlier this week, Dr Katharine Dommett commented on the major ‘knock-on implications’ that could come from the Scottish independence bid.

With less than two weeks to go until the Scottish independence referendum, Dr Dommett, Lecturer in the Public Understanding of Politics and Deputy Director of the Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics, offered comment on the outcome if Scotland leaves the United Kingdom.

She said: “It’s going to have massive knock-on implications further down the line. So, if Scotland goes independent, it will really affect the outcome of general elections. So, for example, if Scotland had been independent in 2010 there would have been a Conservative majority rather than a coalition so it has direct implications for what’s going to happen.”

When asked whether Scotland would be likely to stay in the EU, Dr Dommett added: “There’s been a lot of consultation about this. I think Scotland would like to but it’s a very uncertain time. It’s very difficult to predict what will happen in these cases. We’ve had a lot of statements about what they intend to do but it is a difficult process. We’ve got other countries that are already in the queue to join the EU and it’s a lengthy, lengthy process to have this happen.”

With ten days to go until the referendum, a major poll carried out by YouGov this week has put the ‘Yes’ campaign out in front for the first time, with 51 per cent in favour of Scottish independence.
“This poll is really interesting, it’s the first one that’s predicted the lead for the ‘yes’ campaign,” said Dr Dommett.

“What is significant about this is opinion polls can actually affect public opinion. It might be that this causes people to come out and start voting ‘no’ because they’ve realised it’s a real possibility but it could also be that this stimulates people to say ‘this is a real possibility, we should be voting for this’.”