Sturgeon claims credit for Scottish Remain vote, but what's the truth?

Nicola Sturgeon has been criticised for revising history over the SNP's role in the Remain campaign, in light of the low priority the party gave to the campaign.


Although the First Minister maintains that Scotland delivered a “strong, unequivocal vote” to stay in the EU, the Scottish National Party barely spent £90,000, 13 percent of the campaign limit, during the EU Referendum in 2016.

Meanwhile the party spent over £1.4m on the 2016 Holyrood election preceding the EU vote, far more than any other party in Scotland and more than double that of the Conservatives and Labour combined.

While Scotland voted strongly to Remain in the EU, turnout was amongst the lowest, with Remain campaign strategists complaining that if the SNP had actively mobilised its supporters in favour of staying in the European Union, the result could have been altered.

Nationally, the declared spending during the EU referedum was over £32m.

An SNP spokesperson said: "The SNP ran a strong, positive and effective campaign, helping to successfully secure the overwhelming 62% vote for Remain in Scotland.

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