Scotland are favourites to leave Commonwealth next

SCOTLAND are the 6/1 bookmakers’ favourites to become the next country to leave the Commonwealth.

Scotland are the bookies' favourites to leave the Commonwealth next. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Ladbrokes make Scotland favourites due to the upcoming referendum on independence, despite the fact that Glasgow will host the Commonwealth Games next summer.

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The bookies’ odds are based on Scotland needing to reapply for membership of the Commonwealth should the country vote Yes next September. Northern Ireland and Wales are 40/1 and 50/1 respectively to become the next country to leave the grouping. The Gambia announced its withdrawal earlier this week.

Jamaica are second favourites at 8/1, with Pakistan third at 10/1. Australia are rated as a 12/1 chance despite the country’s election of staunch monarchist Tony Abbott, while Canada are considered 25/1 outsiders.

Ladbrokes’ Alex Donohue said: “Scotland lead the way in the next to leave the Commonwealth betting as a result of the impending referendum. The head of the betting is all comprised of countries who have considered a breakaway but the market is wide open.”