EU shock

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page -

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.”

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