The SNP has won the European election in Dumfries and Galloway as Scotland voted emphatically to reject Brexit.
The SNP received 27.8% of the vote in Dumfries and Galloway and 38% nationally. The conservative party received 21.1% of the vote, while the Labour party only achieved 7%.
The SNP won in every part of mainland Scotland, with the party making history by achieving the country’s biggest ever margin of victory at a European election and securing 3 MEPs.
The emphatic win means the SNP is on course to send Alyn Smith, Christian Allard and Aileen McLeod to the European Parliament.
Commenting, returning SNP MSP Joan McAlpine said:
“People in Dumfries and Galloway, and across the country, have sent a strong message that Scotland does not want Brexit.
“This is the biggest European election win for any party ever seen in Scotland. Winning 3 of 6 available seats in Scotland is simply phenomenal.
“Throughout this campaign the SNP has offered a message of hope and ambition. Scotland wants to be part of an EU that allows us to travel, work and live freely across Europe.
“This is in contrast to both the Tories and Labour who have not been clear about their Brexit position and have failed at every turn to stand up for Scotland’s best interests.
“Scotland deserves better than a Westminster system that isn’t working – it’s no wonder more and more people believe Scotland’s future should be as independent country within the EU.”