HEADING FOR BREXIT
Rutherglen and Cambuslang voted to remain part of the European Union last week - but it will not be enough to stop Brexit.
The South Lanarkshire result showed 63 per cent of people opting to stick with the EU, compared with 37 per cent who wanted to leave, broadly in line with the Scottish result.
But nationwide, the Leave campaign scored an unexpected victory, with 52 per cent seeing the UK’s future outwith the EU.
The result has sent shockwaves through the political establishment. Prime Minister David Cameron announced he would stand down while the result has increased calls for a second Scottish independence referendum and sent the Labour Party into meltdown.
Rutherglen and Hamilton West’s SNP MP, Margaret Ferrier said she would focus on keeping Scotland in the EU.
She said: “In Scotland, the majority of people voted to remain in the European Union, and it would be a democratic outrage if we were now forced out of the EU against our will.
“In recent days we have seen a huge surge in support for Scottish independence, an understandable reaction given that continued EU membership was a central plank of Better Together’s indyref rhetoric.
“Whilst Nicola Sturgeon has made it clear that another independence referendum is on the table, she has also made clear her responsibilities as First Minister to act in the interests of all the people of Scotland. I have every confidence that she will explore every avenue to ensure Scotland is not dragged out of the EU – something that would be democratically unacceptable.”
Clare Haughey MSP said she wanted to assure EU nationals living in the constituency: “As your MSP, I want to tell the citizens of other EU countries living in Rutherglen that you remain welcome here, Scotland is your home and your contribution is valued.
“It’s deeply disappointing that the result in Scotland