A NEW interactive map detailing how each area of Scotland will be affected by Brexit has gone live.

The analysis – which found many areas, urban and rural, have significant populations at risk from the impact of Brexit – breaks the map of Scotland down into 7000 geographical units called "datazones".

The data is taken from the recent analysis from the Local Level Brexit vulnerabilities in Scotland report.

Across the datazones, a series of factors that put communities at risk from Brexit, not just a No-Deal Brexit, have been plotted.

These factors include: access to services, what share of the population is of working age, income deprivation, workers in Brexit-sensitive industries, EU worker migration and how many EU payments are received.

The resulting map of vulnerabilities shows a higher concentration of the most at-risk datazones in remote and rural locations.

However, because of large populations and higher rates of deprivation, significant populations in urban areas including Glasgow, Fife, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire and Edinburgh live in the datazones most vulnerable to Brexit.


The report is being released with an interactive online Brexit Vulnerabilities Index Map, which can be used by local authorities and other organisations as a tool to help plan for Brexit.

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “This report and analysis shows that rural and remote areas Scotland could be among the hardest hit by any kind of Brexit.

“However, as outlined by the Deputy First Minister yesterday, Scotland’s people, economy, and businesses will be especially impacted by a calamitous ‘no deal’ Brexit, and we urge the UK Government to rule it out now.”

Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell added: “We always knew that Brexit could be damaging to Scotland, but this analysis lays out in stark terms how vulnerable communities across the country – urban and rural – are to its impact.

“As a responsible government, we will do what we can to mitigate and minimise its impact: this study only underlines the scale of that task and the recklessness of the UK Government in continuing to pursue Brexit at any cost.”