Sunshine is a rare thing in Glasgow, the biggest city in Scotland, but many were enjoying it in a bad mood on Friday. A few hours earlier it was announced that the UK had voted to leave the EU in a historic referendum. It was against the will of people in Scotland who voted the opposite with 62 percent in favor of remaining with all 32 council areas backing Remain.
Some people were heard chanting randomly on the street as the official vote tally was announced in the morning. "I hate the UK," one man was heard shouting. Social media discussion was showing growing support for Scotland to hold another independence referendum.
Glasgow citizen Angus Gibson, who voted for Remain, said he was disappointed by the result. "I think that a lot of people thought the referendum was just about immigration policy when it actually had a much wider impact," he told The Jakarta Post. "I've genuinely no idea what will happen next," added Gibson, who had stayed awake overnight to follow the live vote count.
Gibson, who is graduating from university, also expressed concern about the possible impact on the availability of jobs. "A recession could have a serious impact on my future as it could reduce the number of available jobs. Foreign corporations are also less likely to recruit in Britain, which would make finding a job even harder," he told the Post.
"I also think the perception of the referendum is different in Scotland as there has been less of an impact from immigration than in the south of England," he added.
Similarly, Glasgow-born Tariq Mir expressed wariness, saying that the result could create a chaotic situation across the country. "The whole political landscape will change. Chaos will always be the winner," said the voluntary worker. Mir said he did not vote because, "I don't feel any of the sides are telling the full truth."
The reactions over the result have been overwhelming across Scotland, reigniting a negative sentiment against the UK and inevitably increasing support for Scottish politicians to push for another independence referendum.
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who was pro-independence and pro-Remain, has responded well to her constituents.
"Unfortunately, of course, yesterday's result in Scotland was not echoed across the whole of the United Kingdom. That UK-wide vote to leave the EU is one that I deeply regret," she said in a televised statement. "And it was a sign of divergence between Scotland and large parts of the rest of the UK in how we see our place in the world."
Sturgeon added: "As things stand, Scotland faces the prospect of being taken out of the EU against our will. I regard that as democratically unacceptable."
She also converted the disappointment over Remain's loss into a hope toward another independence attempt for Scottish people. Sturgeon suggested that the Scottish support for Remain in all council areas should translate into Europe backing its venture toward independence.
Scotland held a previous independence referendum in 2014 when 44 percent of voters cast ballots in favor of Scottish independence. Given the EU referendum results, analysts believe that many of those who were against independence are now in the same boat with independence supporters. This has also been interpreted to mean that Scottish people see themselves more as European than as British.
Indonesian Ambassador to the UK and the Republic of Ireland Rizal Sukma, meanwhile, said that Indonesia respects the choice made by UK voters. "The British people have spoken. We will continue to follow the post-referendum developments closely," he told the Post.
"Indonesia believes that the UK will continue to be an important international actor and a great partner to Indonesia and ASEAN. We look forward to strengthening our relations with the UK. Indonesia believes Indonesia-UK relations will continue to be strong. At the same time, Indonesia is also studying the impacts of Brexit in many aspects. We hope Britain's macro-economic stability will quickly return," Rizal added.