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was not echoed across the whole of the UK – but Scot­land has spo­ken de­ci­sively and we will make that voice heard.”

Coun­cil­lor Robert Brown could not hide his anger at the Leave cam­paign for “de­lib­er­ately de­ceiv­ing vot­ers”.

He also claimed the re­sult could be over­turned and called for a gen­eral elec­tion, adding: “Far from be­ing ‘Project Fear’, it is now clear that the warn­ings we gave about the con­se­quences of leav­ing Europe were ‘Project Fact’.

“Whilst we re­spect the re­sult of the ad­vi­sory ref­er­en­dum last Thurs­day, vot­ers should be of­fered the choice of a party fully com­mit­ted to re-en­ter­ing the Euro­pean Union.”

Glas­gow Labour MSP James Kelly also ex­pressed his dis­ap­point­ment at the re­sult.

He said: “The re­sult was ex­tremely dis­ap­point­ing and we are al­ready see­ing the dis­as­trous con­se­quences in the reaction of the fi­nan­cial mar­kets.

“The im­me­di­ate task is to make sure that in plot­ting a way for­ward the UK Gov­ern­ment, work­ing with de­volved ad­min­is­tra­tions, en­sures that the pro­tec­tion of peo­ple’s jobs and liveli­hoods are the top pri­or­ity.” South La­nark­shire Coun­cil has ben­e­fited from EU cash amount­ing to over £32mil­lion since 2005 the Re­former can re­veal.

With Bri­tain now head­ing out of the Euro­pean Union, coun­cil leader Ed­die McAvoy vowed: “We will con­tinue to work within the cur­rent ar­range­ments in the best in­ter­ests of South La­nark­shire.”

Ac­cord­ing to coun­cil fig­ures, EU grant fund­ing of £ 32,236,347 has been handed to the au­thor­ity or di­rect part­ners in the past 11 years, helping to fund 50 projects.

This money does not in­clude EU grant fund­ing for other groups within the au­thor­ity.

Among the projects to ben­e­fit was the con­ver­sion of the old Burgh Pri­mary into a busi­ness cen­tre, which re­ceived £689,524 f rom the Euro­pean Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Fund.

Coun­cil­lor McAvoy said:

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