Twelve per cent of Britons don’t ‘consider’ Scottish people to be British, according to the results of a shock new survey.
Another seven per cent said they ‘didn’t know’ if Scots qualified as British, according to the YouGov research, taken a year after the Brexit vote.
Similarly, 10 per cent think the same about Welsh people, with another six per cent unsure.
Those figures rise 16 per cent for Northern Ireland, and nine per cent undecided.
For the English the numbers are three per cent of people do not ‘consider’ them to be British, with another five per cent undecided.
The research was commissioned by YouGov in the wake of the vote in 2016 for Britain to leave the European Union.
Since then, there has been an 80 per cent increase in applications by EU citizens to be British citizens once the UK has left.
YouGov found that less than half of Britons – 49% – believe people originally from another country become British when they taken UK citizenship.
‘While successful applicants will become British by law, new YouGov research on who Brits consider to be “British” highlights the limits to which citizenship itself can confer “Britishness” upon a person,’ said YouGov.
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In 2014, Scotland narrowly voted against independence and leaving the United Kingdom
The survey comes as further discussions took place on Friday over Britain’s exit from the EU.
These appeared to hint at the fractious talks stalling yet further.
EU negotiator Michel Barnier gave Britain a two-week deadline to clarify its position on key issues if there’s to be a chance to make progress on key issues.
Britain’s David Davis said London and Brussels had to ‘to work to find solutions’.
Crucial areas still up for discussion include citizens’ rights, the Irish border, and the UK’s ‘divorce bill’.