Scotland votes to stay in the EU – but UK Leave vote creates “crisis”

24/06/2016
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Every area of Scotland backs Remain – but UK backs shock Leave vote

EVERY REGION of Scotland has backed a vote to Remain within the European Union – a result overruled by the overall UK support to Leave. 

Thirty-two out of 32 areas of Scotland supported continued membership of the EU, with 62 per cent and over 1.6 million backing the Remain side. 

Yet the unprecedented unity across Scotland was in stark contrast to the majority of results across England and Wales – which tipped the balance towards a 52 per cent narrow majority to leave the European Union.

Warnings have begun over multiple “constitutional crisis”, as Scotland and Northern Ireland returned a democratic mandate to stay in the EU. 

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon welcomed the Remain campaign victory – in which “Scotland has spoken – and spoken decisively”.

“Scotland has delivered a strong, unequivocal vote to remain in the EU, and I welcome that endorsement of our European status,” she said.
 
“Scotland has contributed significantly to the Remain vote across the UK. That reflects the positive campaign the SNP fought, which highlighted the gains and benefits of our EU membership, and people across Scotland have responded to that positive message,” she added.

Scottish Green MSP Ross Greer said the result would prompt a “constitutional crisis”. 

Sinn Féin has called for a poll on the unification of Ireland, which now risks being split with a hard EU-non-EU border. 

The value of the pound has crashed. Ukip MEP David Coburn said he was unconcerned, pointing out to CommonSpace that his salary is paid in euros.

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Picture courtesy of Euro Realist

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