Podcast: First reactions as the Brexit vote sinks in for Scots


Wow. In a single day, Britain has backed Brexit and, in the words of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, created the conditions for a second vote on Scottish independence.

Sturgeon: "dragged out of Europe against our will".
Sturgeon: “dragged out of Europe against our will”.

The neocon campaign to exit the European Union was won on the back of the most divisive political campaign of modern British political history. The UK was truly divided, 52%-48%, with Scotland backing “Remain” alongside Northern Ireland, London, and a few English cities including Manchester, Liverpool and Bristol. The Scottish vote was 62%-38% pro-EU.

It was not enough, as masses of people in the English provinces – plus Wales – fell for the anti immigration rhetoric and the hollow promises of a “Leave” campaign noted for its cynicism and scare tactics.

Podcast host Derek Bateman was joined by academic Prof Iain Docherty and the journalists Angela Haggerty (Common Space) and Maurice Smith to assess the situation in a discussion recorded following Nicola Sturgeon’s statement that it would be “democratically unacceptable” for Scotland to be dragged out of the EU against her will.

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