Comments on EU referendum results

Yesterday, the people of Scotland voted overwhelmingly to stay in the European Union, with 67% in Glasgow backing Remain.

Our campaign was a positive one, and Scotland has shown itself to be a modern, outward-looking and inclusive country.

I am devastated that, as a whole, the UK has voted to leave the EU.

It is democratically unacceptable that Scotland now faces the prospect of being taken out of the EU against our will. Not least as, in the final days of the Scottish independence referendum campaign, we were told that only by remaining part of the UK could our EU membership be protected – a guarantee that, for many people, was a driver in their decision to vote and stay within the UK.

This morning, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon made clear that all potential avenues will be explored in effort to maintain Scotland’s membership of the EU, and that an independence referendum is now on the table. Action now needs to be taken to ensure the Scottish Parliament is in a position to proceed with this if it chooses to do so.

It is clear that the people of Scotland see their future as part of the European Union, and the Scottish Government has a duty to respond to the democratic decision taken to remain in the EU.

Nicola continued by saying, “To all citizens of other European countries living here in Scotland: you remain welcome here, Scotland is your home and your contribution is valued.” I wholeheartedly agree with this.

Carol Monaghan MP