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Over three-quarters of Scots back Britain to stay in EU: poll

(Xinhua) Updated: 2016-05-11 09:00

EDINBURGH - More than three-quarters of Scots will back a vote for Britain to stay in the European Union (EU), latest poll results showed on Tuesday.

The Survation phone survey for the Scottish newspaper Daily Record found that a massive 76 percent of Scottish voters will back Remain in the June 23 referendum, local media reported.

The poll interviewed 1,024 Scots aged over 16 over the phone on May 1 and May 2.

The main pro-Europe campaign in Scotland "Scotland Stronger in Europe" said Scottish votes could have a "potentially decisive impact" in the EU referendum.

Meanwhile, more than two-thirds of Scottish business chiefs want the country to remain in the EU after next month's referendum, according to a survey organized by the Scottish Chambers of Commerce.

Last month, an Opinium survey across Britain found there is now a narrow majority among English voters for Brexit or Britain to leave the EU, however, the strength of pro-EU sentiment in Scotland could actually keep Britain in.

On Monday, British Prime Minister David Cameron warned the prospect of Britain leaving the EU could jeopardize peace in Europe.

The pro-independence Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon repeatedly warned that Britain's vote taking Scotland out of Europe against its wishes could trigger another independence referendum.

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