Malcolm Barr, an economist at JP Morgan, said that there will be “pressure to hold a new referendum on Scottish independence” as the UK seeks a deal with the EU following its vote to leave the European project.
“Our base case is that Scotland will vote for independence and institute a new currency at that point ,” Barr said in a note to clients on Wednesday.
The note also stated that the UK will be unsuccessful in its negotiating process.
UK lawmakers are expected to try and establish access to the single market without accepting free movement of labour or contribution to the EU budget.
This means that UK is likely to end with “curtailed” access to Europe’s market, according to JP Morgan.
“The hit from EU exit will demonstrate itself as a persistent drag on a positive growth rate, rather than generating an on-going contraction,” JP Morgan said.
JP Morgan also acknowledges that a myriad of uncertainties exist around the future of the relationship between the UK and the EU.
“In our minds, however, It is useful to lay out a base case as to how we think things will play out from here. It highly unlikely events will align exactly to this script,” Barr said.
Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister has said that a new referendum is “highly likely” following the UK’s to leave the EU.
However a spokesperson for David Cameron said another independence referendum is the “last thing Scotland needs”.
There was a legal, fair and decisive referendum two years ago,” the Prime Minister’s spokesperson said.
“The reasons for Scotland being in the UK are as strong now as they were 18 months ago. What we all need to do is to focus on getting the best deal for Scotland and the UK in these negotiations and the last thing Scotland needs now is another divisive referendum,” he added.
Brexit reactions – in pictures
Brexit reactions – in pictures
Supporters of the Stronger In campaign look at their phones after hearing results in the EU referendum at London's Royal Festival Hall
Leave supporters cheer results at a Leave.eu party after polling stations closed in the Referendum on the European Union in London
Mr Cameron announces his resignation to supporters
Donald Tusk proposes that the 27 remaining EU member states ‘start a wider reflection on the future of our union’
Ukip leader Nigel Farage greets his supporters on College Green in Westminster, after Britain voted to leave the European Union
Supporters of the Stronger In Campaign react as referendum results are announced today
Boris Johnson leaves his home today to discover a crowd of waiting journalists and police officers
Leave EU supporters celebrate as they watch the British EU Referendum results being televised at Millbank Tower in London
Supporters of the Stronger In Campaign react as results of the EU referendum are announced at the Royal Festival Hall
Supporters of the Stronger In campaign react after hearing results in the EU referendum at London's Royal Festival Hall
But Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of European Commission, has agreed to “listen” to the case for Scotland to be allowed to remain in the European Union despite the Brexit referendum vote.
He said he is to have talks with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon about the idea, which is based on current arrangements for Denmark, on Wednesday evening.
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