Half of British citizens believe that the United Kingdom might not exist in its current form in ten years’ time, according to an Ipsos Mori poll, Reuters reported on Friday November 8th.
Half of respondents thought the UK would not exist in ten years, up from 43% in 2014, the poll found. Just 29% said it would exist in its current form in a decade, down from 45% in 2014.
The 52-48% vote in 2016 to leave the European Union has strained the bonds that tie England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland together as the UK. Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to stay while England and Wales opted to leave.
The fate of the union, which traces its history back to the 1707 Treaty of Union, was also uncertain in the shorter term. Figures of 42% said the UK would exist in five years' time and 44% said it would not.
Emily Gray, Managing Director of Ipsos Mori Scotland said, "The British public are now much more divided in their expectations of the union’s future than they were in 2014, when the union’s future was under intense debate with Scotland just three months away from an independence referendum."
As the UK heads towards its latest Brexit deadline of January 31st, demands are growing for an independence referendum in Scotland and for a vote on Northern Ireland’s unifying with the Republic of Ireland. Scots rejected independence by 55-45% in 2014.
Ipsos Mori interviewed a sample of 1,001 adults aged over 18 across Britain between October 25th and 28th.