William Hill backed the Yes vote in the Scottish Referendum
More significant than any opinion poll
The MP for Gordon claimed the bookies prediction is “more significant than any opinion poll”.
He added: “This is the first time I can remember independence being odds on favourite. It doesn’t make it a cert, but bookies tend not to throw their money away.”
The betting giant offers odds of 8/11 on Scots to demand a UK breakaway by 2024.
A William Hill spokesman said: “We are pretty sure there will be another referendum by 2024. And we think by then, it’s likely Scotland will vote yes.”
A No vote is the outsider at evens and they believe a referendum, within seven years, is likely to happen 1/3.
A polling expert called Professor John Curtice added some semblance of calm as he warned campaigners to not get too excited, he said: “It’s not an unreasonable bet, but I don’t think the fact a bookie has made it odds-on favourite means it’s going to happen.
Bookies are sure there will be another Scottish Referendum before 2024
“I can’t tell you what the balance of public opinion will be by then — and it’s sufficiently close that I don’t think anyone can.
“We are living in uncertain times, and I don’t think bookies’ odds change that — other than making people think it might be worth putting money on.”
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Bookies are hoping for another referendum as the last one was rather profitable
High street betting rivals Ladbrokes have place slightly more cautious odds for a Yes vote of 3/1.
A William Hills spokesman said: “We are pretty sure there will be another referendum by 2024 and we think that by then, it’s likely Scotland will vote Yes.
“On a selfish bookmaking level, we would be delighted to see another referendum as the last one was the biggest political betting event we’d ever seen at the time.”