Angus MSPs react as UK votes to leave EU

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Britain has voted to leave the European Union in a historic referendum despite Scotland overwhelmingly voting to remain.

Angus voted in favour of remaining part of the EU, with 32,747 votes out of 59,282 in favour of remain.

Graphic for 2016 EU referendum result

Graphic for 2016 EU referendum result

However, a total of 17,410,742 votes across the UK were in favour of leaving, compared with 16,141,241 to remain.

Reacting to the vote, Angus North and Mearns MSP, Mairi Evans, commented: “I am bitterly disappointed at the overall result of the referendum. I passionately believed, and still do, that we benefit greatly from being a member of the EU. Scotland shared that view with every local authority backing a remain vote.

“We are all affected by this momentous vote. It affects vast areas of policy, those living and working here from the EU and those of us living and working in the EU, businesses who trade within the EU, the whole of our economy.

“I do not think it’s right or fair that Scotland should be dragged out of the EU given the result of our vote. We need to do what we can to make sure that Scotland’s place in the EU is protected.’

EU referendum graphic

EU referendum graphic

Graeme Dey, MSP for Angus South, added: “I’m at the Royal Highland Show in Ingliston today and there’s a real state of shock and concern about the implications of the decision. The sectors that are represented at the show know only too well the kind of upheaval that will result from this and the uncertainty it will bring.”