What the public thought of the shock outcome for Britain to leave the European Union
Agata Lipniak, 27, Krakow (pic)
‘We’ve come from Poland today to work in Kintallen. A lot of people from Poland live in the UK, looking for a better life. It’s the easiest way.’
Zuzanna Koziarska, 27, Katowice (pic)
‘Maybe they will come to Poland and study instead. This is good for Scotland, maybe; they want to be independent. This is important for all of Europe. Is this the end of the EU? It’s a mess.’
Val Smith, 60, from Ardfern
‘I was completely shocked and saddened when Cameron said he was resigning. In my heart I wanted to leave, but in my head, for economic reasons, I chose to stay. I think immigration has a lot to do with it. But let’s move on now. Let’s not be doom and gloom.’
Gillian Aitken, 45, from Ardrishaig
‘I was quite pleased with the way I voted [to leave], because of the overcrowding and immigration system. I was really undecided until the last minute. The arguments were all lies, so I just felt I had to go with my heart.’
Andrew Masterman, 50, East Kilbride
‘I was a remain. It’s a leap in the dark. Europe could have been reformed by staying in. I was surprised at the result, but I feel Europe has to reform itself. The euro is in crisis, and the Shengen Agreement isn’t working. It needs to be sorted, otherwise there’ll be riots on the streets. I’m not panicking, just shocked.’
Dario Molinari, 33, from Croatia
‘I live in London, but I couldn’t vote. I would have voted to remain, but I was very sceptical because of all the money going to the EU. £190 million a week is a lot. I have trust in British politicians. They wouldn’t ask people to leave if they didn’t have some sort of plan.’
Anonymous from Oban
‘David Cameron would have won his point if he’d been stronger on immigration. It’s the far- out European countries coming in and claiming benefits, some of them forming criminal gangs. We felt the safety of the community wasn’t the same.’
Chris Williams, 70, from Salford (pic)
‘We voted by post to remain. Because Scotland voted to remain, and England didn’t, there will be a second referendum. It could be the break up of a great nation. The writing’s on the wall: nationalism is on the rise. A lot of people are angry about immigration. If you ask them why, they can’t answer: they just don’t like to see foreign faces and hear foreign voices.’
Continental friends: Agata Lipniak, left, and Zuzanna Koziarska, who work here but come from Poland.
Chris Williams, Salford.
Val Smith, Ardfern.
Dario Molinari, Croatia.