SNP MSP Ruth Maguire has told EU nationals in Cunninghame South that “you remain welcome here” after Scotland voted overwhelmingly to stay in the European Union.
North Ayrshire voted to Remain in the EU by 56.9% – alongside every other local authority area in Scotland.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has made clear that it would be a “democratic outrage” for Scotland to now be dragged out of the EU against its will.
The Scottish Government is now exploring all options to protect Scotland’s relationship with Europe.
Commenting, Ruth said:
“Cunninghame South, like the rest of Scotland, voted to remain within the EU – a vote to protect our place in the world’s biggest single market and the jobs and investment that depend on it.
“It’s significant that the result in Scotland came after a campaign that was positive about the EU and the benefits of freedom of movement.
“As your MSP, I want to tell the citizens of other EU countries living in Irvine, Kilwinning and Stevenston that you remain welcome here, Scotland is your home and your contribution is valued.
“It’s deeply disappointing that the result in Scotland was not echoed across the whole of the UK – but Scotland has spoken decisively and we will make that voice heard.”