Rutherglen and Cambuslang residents have reacted to last week’s vote for the UK to leave the European Union.
South Lanarkshire voted overwhelmingly to stay in the EU, but the man who led the Leave campaign in Scotland has told the Reformer the decision is final.
The man who led the Scottish campaign for Britain to leave the EU has told remain voters to forget about blocking Brexit.
King’s Park man Tom Harris also told the Reformer that the result did not mean Scottish independence was a certainty.
Thursday saw the UK vote 52 per cent to 48 per cent to leave the European Union.
But in Scotland, over 60 per cent of voters backed the EU, prompting increased calls for a second independence referendum.
Northern Ireland and London also voted to remain, but large swathes of England and Wales backed a leave vote.
Some commentators have suggested the result was simply advisory and have questioned whether Brexit will actually happen.
But Mr Harris told the Reformer:“It is now going to happen and people need to get on board with the programme.
“If the political parties have any sense they will not second guess the electorate.
“I don’t think anything will happen in Scotland in the near future. Once people see the deal we will get from the EU will be a good one, there will be less call for independence.
“There will be new powers coming to Holyrood, in fishing and agriculture. It will be difficult for Nicola Sturgeon to say she doesn’t want them.
“Another thing that will make it difficult for the nationalists is an independent Scotland would still export 64 per cent to the rest of the UK and 15 per cent to the single market. If that is your motivation, I have to ask why it’s more important to be in a single market with someone you do less business with.
“Putting the Scottish stuff aside, everything will settle down.”
Despite being on the winning side, Mr Harris failed to secure a leave vote in Scotland, but he reckons turnout proved support for the EU was soft north of the border.
He said:“If you look at somewhere like Glasgow, turnout was the lowest in the country.
“I have always said, there is enthusiasm for the EU in Scotland but it doesn’t run very deep.”