I am a member of the Institute of Directors, who conducted a poll of members in the 24 hours after the result of the Independence Referendum in Scotland. Please see below for the results:
FEEDING BACK: Scottish referendum on independence survey
856 Policy Voice members took part in the 24-hour snap survey which addressed the topic of the Scottish independence referendum in the immediate aftermath of the No result being announced.
– 70% consider the result of the Scottish Referendum to be positive for business, but a significant majority now want to see greater devolution across the UK, including England.
– 85% agree that Scottish, Northern Irish and Welsh MPs should not be able to vote on laws that only affect England.
– 57% believe Westminster was right to offer more powers to Scotland in a bid to secure a No vote, but 60% consider the referendum debate to have damaged relations between Scotland and the rest of the UK.
This is a clear signal that even the more ‘risk-averse’ sections of the population see a clear need for action to remove the anomalies of devolution within the UK.
The existing parties in Westminster are now split on the issue, which is a positive development, because those who want a real English government can exploit these divisions. ‘English Votes for English Laws’ is little more than an election tactic for the Conservatives, and it will not give the people of England the same rights as the other nations of the UK. Nevertheless the deafening silence of all of Westminster on the unfairness of devolution has been broken. It is a good sign for genuine English patriots.