Leave vot­ers ‘cut off their noses to

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A Ruther­glen wo­man who has lived in Spain for 25 years reck­ons the Brexit vote has“of­fended” Euro­peans.

Shonagh McGinn, 50, runs a lan­guage school on Fuerteven­tura in the Ca­nary Is­lands.

Speak­ing from her home in Puerto Del Rosario, she ad­mit­ted the re­sult of the EU ref­er­en­dum had left her shocked.

And sur­vey­ing the re­sult from a dis­tance, she said it had been a re­sult of“hate politics.”

She said:“I was sur­prised when the lo­cals were ask­ing me about Brexit last week. I was only vaguely in­ter­ested my­self be­cause I didn’t think we would leave the EU.

“The peo­ple here were a bit of­fended that we had de­cided to leave.

“Af­ter the re­sult, I started think­ing more about the sin­gle mar­ket and how leave vot­ers had cut off their noses to spite their faces, to use an old ex­pres­sion of my mum’s.

“The re­sult seems to have been a re­sult of hate politics. It seems it wasn’t prop­erly thought about by the Leave cam­paign or vot­ers.

“Sadly, the Leave cam­paign has been thriv­ing on racist at­ti­tudes in some parts of the UK and the re­sult re­flects that.”

Shonagh, who sup­ported a re­main vote, be­lieves the re­sult will lead to Scot­land sep­a­rat­ing from the UK, some­thing she sup­ports.

But she doesn’t reckon there will be any ma­jor is­sues for her per­son­ally:“I think the EU or Spain will find a way to deal with peo­ple like me who have been resident abroad.

“I have lived here for half my life anD I have never felt threat­ened oR looked down upon be­cause I am an im­mi­grant.

“I feel sorry for im­mi­grants in the UK who are made to feel un­wel­come.

“If im­mi­grants want to stay in your

Of­fended Shonagh McGinn

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