Scots want EU

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While I agree wholeheartedly with the view of former
Brussels official, John Edwards, that an in/out referendum on UK membership of the
European Union is inevitable (Perspective, 4 October), his view that Scotland is not more pro-European than the rest of the UK is simply not borne out by the facts.

Polling evidence consistently shows that when asked the question on UK membership of the EU, those in Scotland are more in favour.

More than half of those in Scotland want the UK to
remain part of the EU, according to polls, while for the UK as a whole the figure is about a third.

This is further reinforced by the European Parliamentary elections this year, which saw Ukip top the polls in the UK with 28 per cent of the vote,
returning 24 MEPs. In Scotland Ukip came fourth with just over 10 per cent of the vote. The challenge that we in Scotland face is being dragged out of the 
European Union against our 
will in the proposed 2017 referendum due to votes for 
withdrawal from the rest of the UK.

Should such a situation arise, the issue of another referendum on Scottish independence may rear its head.

Alex Orr

Leamington Terrace

Edinburgh