HEAD­ING FOR BREXIT

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

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

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