The SNP has emphatically won the European Elections, sending a clear message that Scotland’s for Europe.
Scotland has rejected Brexit for the second time, and has demonstrated a clear desire to take a different political path to the rest of the UK.
How did the SNP do?
- The SNP has achieved its best ever result in an EU election at 38%. This is the highest percentage of the vote of any UK party.
- The SNP has won the highest vote share of any party in Western Europe.
- Scotland has made clear its future lies in the European Union.
- Both the Tory and Labour vote has collapsed, unable to stand up for Scotland’s overwhelming Remain vote.
- The SNP has won in every area except Orkney and Shetland, and was only 846 votes away from winning in every local authority.
- The SNP’s lowest result (24% in Orkney) was higher than the Tories’ highest result (21% in Dumfries & Galloway).
- The SNP is up +9% since 2014, and has surpassed its previous best European result of 32.6% in 1994.
Formal declaration to come, but clear now that @theSNP has won the Euro election emphatically – we are on course to take 3 out of 6 seats. A historic victory. And Scotland has rejected Brexit again. 🏴🇪🇺🏴
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) May 26, 2019
What does it mean for Scotland’s place in Europe?
- Scotland is clearly refusing to be taken out of Europe against its will.
- The increase in the vote share for parties wanting to stop Brexit reflects the fact that Scotland voted overwhelmingly to Remain.
- The SNP clearly leads the anti-Brexit surge in Scotland, 24% ahead of the Lib Dems.
- Voices in Europe have been calling for an independent Scotland to be fast-tracked into the EU.
“Remember that across the Channel, you can count on friends who have not forgotten that the Scots are a great European people, and that Scotland is a friend and a historical ally of France.” https://t.co/qYicF4QR1X
— The SNP (@theSNP) May 13, 2019
What does it mean for independence?
- Scottish Conservatives tried to make this an election on a second independence referendum, standing on a “No to IndyRef2” ticket. They’ve just polled one of their worst ever results with 11% of the vote.
- A solid mandate for an independence referendum already exists. In this European Election, the SNP stood yet again for giving Scotland a choice over its future and won a resounding victory.
- Of the nearly 100 polls since the first independence referendum, the overwhelming majority have shown support for independence higher than in 2014.
- Not that long ago, Ruth Davidson was saying Westminster shouldn’t block a second independence referendum. The Tories have changed their tune, but are now in a much weaker position.
- Faced with a hard Brexiteer becoming Prime Minister, it is more important than ever that Scotland is given the choice of an independent future.
What happened to the opposition?
- Despite the Brexit Party making gains elsewhere in the UK, it only got 15% of the Scottish vote, 23% behind the SNP.
- Scotland was the only nation in Britain where the Brexit Party lost the election.
- Ruth Davidson has presided over the worst result in the Scottish Tories’ history, coming 4th place.
- It was also the worst ever result for Scottish Labour, failing to reach double-digits at 9.3%.
👇 European elections analysis by Sir John Curtice.
🛑 Ruth Davidson’s narrative on independence is “dead”.
📉 Scottish Tories have lost this election and fallen backwards.
🙌 SNP has achieved a historic and “dominant” victory in the #EUelections2019. pic.twitter.com/SuvgWy4rJA
— The SNP (@theSNP) May 27, 2019
Who are we sending to Europe?
- The SNP is sending 3 fantastic representatives to Europe: Alyn Smith, Christian Allard and Aileen McLeod.
— The SNP (@theSNP) May 27, 2019