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  1. UK votes to leave EU
  2. FM says new independence vote 'highly likely'
  3. Scotland backs remain by 62% to 38%
  4. Donald Trump hails Brexit vote
  5. Scottish papers react to EU exit vote

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Scroll down to see how events in Scotland unfolded following the Brexit vote. 

Donald Trump 'misunderstands and misjudges' the post-Brexit mood in Scotland

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Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser says the SNP has no mandate for a second referendum

He discussed the prospect of a second vote on an independent Scotland on BBC Radio Scotland's Newsdrive programme. 

Murdo Fraser

Two million Scots voted to remain part of the United Kingdom - so a convincing majority voted no and in advance of that referendum, Nicola Sturgeon herself was very clear that this was a once in a generation vote; indeed she went further than that and said it was a once-in-a-lifetime vote. It wasn't a qualified or conditional statement, it was unqualified and unconditional statement at that time. When we had that decisive vote, two million Scots said 'no' so that is the matter over.

Murdo FraserScottish Conservative MSP

Nigel Farage: 'Scotland would not be independent if it was a member of the EU'

BBC Radio Scotland

The Ukip leader spoke to BBC Radio Scotland's Gary Robertson as he [Farage] enjoyed his first pint of the day in a London pub. 

"It's almost like a dream come true," he said. But he added: "I understand that London and Scotland didn't vote the same way as the rest of the nation but I would just say this: we have voted for independence. 

"Is Nicola Sturgeon really going to hold a referendum against independence? 

Nigel Farage
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"She can't be independent and a member of the European Union so let's get the terminology sorted out. If she wants to be a EU member, good - but that's not independence. 

"The UK now has genuine independence.

"I think Nicola Sturgeon herself know that if she held a referendum now on splitting from the UK with the potential of joining the EU and probably having to sign a treaty which committed Scotland to the Euro, she'd lose anyway."

Your views: 'It will interesting to see what happens now'

Investor confidence in oil and gas sector must be maintained, says Sir Ian Wood

The oil tycoon said reassurances from financial institutions suggest a fundamental change to the commitment to energy firms is unlikely. 

But economic uncertainty, and the troubles already affecting the North Sea sector, are a mix he believes could make investors cautious.  

Sir Ian Wood

"It would not be helpful at all if potential investors from overseas in North Sea oil and gas licences... if they saw the UK as less attractive. 

"Having said that, I would say that 90-95% of the really important decisions in the next three or four or five years will be taken by players who are here already."

'A lot of people feel globalisation passed them by' - former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell

BBC Radio Scotland

Mr Campbell told BBC Scotland Newsdrive: "As to why more people voted for leave, there's lots of different reasons.

"But if I had to boil it down to one, it's a lot of people feeling - particularly in the north of England, and parts of the south as well - that globalisation has passed them by.

Alasdair Campbell
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"The Remain message was maybe too clear. The remain message boiled down to economic risk. I think they thought economic risk was enough.

"I felt it was just too too easy for the Leave campaign to characterise the Remain campaign as Project Fear."

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Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale makes statement on UK's vote to leave EU

Speaking after a conversation with Nicola Sturgeon, Ms Dugdale said: “This is a bad result for jobs and for the economy in Scotland and across the UK. 

Kezia Dugdale.

“I spoke to Nicola Sturgeon this afternoon. We both have profound disagreements about the constitutional future of Scotland, but I stand ready to work with her in the best interests of the people of Scotland. 

"Now is the time for calm heads. Labour's manifesto ruled out a second referendum in the lifetime of this Parliament - we won't be changing our minds any time soon."

Vince Cable: 'This could come to a crisis fairly soon'

BBC Radio Scotland

Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland's Drivetime programme, the former business secretary said David Cameron made a "bad call" in calling the referendum in the first place. 

He went on to say he had "a lot of sympathy" for people who voted for the union and "now feel terribly let down that England and Wales have walked away from Europe."

Vince Cable

And he warned that Brexit could affect the devolution settlement, "which is tied up with European laws and legislation". 

"This could come to a crisis fairly soon," he said.

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'Major implications for the Scottish economy' - Fraser of Allander Institute

Professor Graeme Roy, the director of the leading economic institute, warned that some sectors, businesses and households will face a "particularly difficult few months" in the wake of the Brexit vote. 

He warned that the price of fuel is likely to rise and the shock result may plunge Scotland into recession.


UK and Scottish leaders need to do everything that they can to deliver stability in the short-term, but must also act quickly to resolve key fundamental questions around the UK and Scotland’s position in Europe and the global economy.

Professor Graeme RoyDirector, Fraser of Allander Institute at The University of Strathclyde

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Future of Aberdeen's economy 'in limbo', says city council leader

Jenny Laing, who leads the Labour group at Aberdeen City Council, criticised Nicola Sturgeon's decision on a second independence referendum. 

She said the city and the future well-being of its economy depends on partnerships with other European countries. 

Jenny Laing
Aberdeen City Council

This is now all in limbo but people can rest assured that Aberdeen City Council will do everything in our power to maintain these links as we continue to build our city and economy in the face of miserly funding from the Scottish Government....This is a dark day for the people of the UK and the last thing we need at this point is Nicola Sturgeon to raise the spectre of another Indyref, before we have come to terms with the EU referendum result."

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'I'm devastated by this result' - Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie

Willie Rennie

I'm devastated by this result. In fact, I'm really angry about it too because of the economic consequences that we've already seen in the markets - the currency - but also businesses losing value almost every minute of the day so far. That's a consequence that people will feel in their pockets.

Willie RennieLeader, Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish fishermen see both opportunities and challenges in result of EU membership vote

The UK leaving the EU offers the Scottish fishing industry "opportunities and challenges", industry leaders have said.

The UK voted to leave the EU. The vote north of the border was to remain.

Fishing boat

Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen's Federation, said government cooperation was needed.  

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Nicola Sturgeon 'both bold and cautious' on second independence vote

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The BBC's Gavin Esler, outside the Scottish Parliament, says First Minister Nicola Sturgeon managed to be "very bold and very cautious at the same time" in her statement earlier, saying a second independence referendum is "highly likely" after the UK voted to leave the EU.

Gavin Esler

She was bold, Gavin says, in that she declared the EU leave vote "a game changer" which could lead to a second independence vote.

She was cautious in that she didn't set out a timetable for the vote, and also in that she has been speaking to Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, which also voted to remain, on how the two could co-operate.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that some who voted No to independence in 2014 might vote Yes in a future referendum, Gavin adds, "but what kind of EU would they be voting to stay in?" While some supporters of independence have been calling for a referendum as early as next May, he adds, "I don't think that's her timetable".

WATCH: Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson: 'Indyref2 is not the answer'

A second referendum on Scottish independence is not the way to address fears over the UK decision to leave the EU, says Ruth Davidson. 

Ruth Davidson says indyref2 is not the answer to Brexit

Your views: 'The only viable option is independence. It must happen'

Glasgow City Council has reassured thousands of EU citizens that they continue to be welcome

Councillor Frank McAveety, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: "Glasgow has always been proud to be a cosmopolitan city and I want to send a message to the thousands of EU citizens who live here that we value the contribution they make and that they will always be welcome in our city.

Glasgow polling place

Scottish retailers say they are concerned about a prolonged period of uncertainty after EU vote

Scottish Grocers Federation chief executive Pete Cheema said: "We are concerned that the result will mean a prolonged  period of economic instability – we have already seen significant volatility in the stock exchange and currency markets – which will  mean uncertainty for business and have a negative impact on investment, jobs and consumer spending. 

"In Scotland the convenience store sector seems to be having the double whammy of a Brexit and another independence referendum campaign and the uncertainty this will bring.”

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Scottish Secretary David Mundell has started 'constructive dialogue' with Scottish government over EU vote

'Shock' in Scotland's most pro-Remain city

The people of Edinburgh delivered the strongest Remain vote in Scotland, and a tour of the capital's streets found people "shocked" by the decision to leave the EU.

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Your views: 'This whole issue highlights how split and diversified we are in UK'

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Liam Fox says 'up to Westminster' to decide on second Scottish independence referendum

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Ruth Davidson is 'disappointed' with EU vote but will strongly oppose Scottish independence move

The Scottish Conservative leader said: "Like the First Minister I am disappointed with the result. Like the First Minister I want to see stability prioritised in the days ahead. Scotland will open for business next week in the same way as it closes today.  "But I do not believe that a second independence referendum will help us achieve that stability nor that it is in the best interests of the people of Scotland.  "The 1. 6 million votes cast in this referendum in favour of remain, do not wipe away the 2 million votes that we cast less than two years ago."

Ruth Davidson

Donald Trump: 'People of United Kingdom have exercised the sacred right of all free peoples'

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee, who is in Scotland for the reopening of the Trump Turnberry resort, said any future Trump administration would embrace an "independent Britain".

Donald Trump

They have declared their independence from the European Union and have voted to reassert control over their own politics, borders and economy. A Trump Administration pledges to strengthen our ties with a free and independent Britain, deepening our bonds in commerce, culture and mutual defense. The whole world is more peaceful and stable when our two countries - and our two peoples - are united together, as they will be under a Trump Administration. Come November, the American people will have the chance to re-declare their independence. Americans will have a chance to vote for trade, immigration and foreign policies that put our citizens first. They will have the chance to reject today's rule by the global elite, and to embrace real change that delivers a government of, by and for the people. I hope America is watching, it will soon be time to believe in America again

Donald TrumpPresumptive Republican nominee

Your views: 'I was all for keeping the UK together. Now I would prefer to...'

Read Nicola Sturgeon's statement in full following the UK decision to leave the EU

Read Nicola Sturgeon's full statement here.

Nicola Sturgeon

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson expected to speak shortly about the implications of EU vote

Former Scottish Labour First Minister Henry McLeish says he has 'great difficulty' being in UK

In the wake of the UK's decision to quit the European Union, Mr McLeish described today as "Black Friday", adding it was "one of the darkest days in my political life".

Henry McLeish

While the former Labour MP and MSP said the next few weeks and months would see Britain subjected to "intense political turbulence", he said the referendum could have "seismic" consequences for Scots.

Mr McLeish told Press Association Scotland: "There has to now be a more serious debate about the possibility Scotland may wish to exit the UK if it sincerely wants to be part of the wider, more collaborative, more consensual EU.

"The debate has massively changed overnight. The issue is we have now left the EU and Scots now have to make a decision on where they think their true interests lie. "I have great difficulty, great political difficulty and personal difficulty, being part of the UK that is no longer a part of the EU."

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'Important that we take time to consider all steps' says Nicola Sturgeon

Scotland is highly likely tohold a second independence referendum, Nicola Sturgeon has said, adding that she would do what was necessary to secure the country's place in the European Union after Britain voted to leave the bloc.

Nicola Sturgeon

"It is a statement of the obvious that the option of a second referendum must be on the table and it is on the table," she told reporters.

"I think an independence referendum is now highly likely," she added.

Scotland, which held its previous independence referendum in 2014, voted by a margin of 62% to 38% to remain in the EU in Thursday's referendum, putting it at odds with Britain as a whole, which voted 52%-48% in favor of Leave.

The first minister added: "I want to make it absolutely clear today that I intend to take all possible steps and explore all options to give effect to how people in Scotland voted, in other words to secure our continuing place in the EU and in the single market."