Brexit voting reveals parts of Scotland voted to leave the EU during the referendum
Despite every one of Scotland’s 32 official voting areas voting to Remain in the EU, analysis of the votes reveals pockets of Leave voting heartlands.
The data undermines Nicola Sturgeon’s attempts to keep Scotland in the EU and argument to hold a second independence referendum.
In the Banff and Buchan area of north Aberdeenshire, a cluster of six wards had a Leave majority of 61 per cent, according to new data gathered by the BBC.
The polling districts of Whalsay and South Unst also saw 81 per cent vote to leave the EU in contrast to the national Scottish picture.
In the Western Isles, the ward of An Taobh Siar agus Nis, at the northern end of the Isle of Lewis also voted Leave with a majority of 50.72 per cent.
The BBC collected voting figures broken down into smaller geographical units for 178 of the 399 referendum counting areas, with little ward data from Scotland.
Despite the fact that most Scottish councils did not give us much detailed information, we can nevertheless identify a few smaller parts of the country which actually backed Leave
The BBC said: “Every one of Scotland's 32 counting areas came down on the Remain side.
“Yet, despite the fact that most Scottish councils did not give us much detailed information, we can nevertheless identify a few smaller parts of the country which actually backed Leave.”
It is thought the fishing communities backed Leave following controversy over EU rules on fishing quotas.
The polling districts of Whalsay and South Unst saw 81 per cent vote to leave the EU
Fishermen on the island of Whalsay were heavily fined for breaching the quotas in 2012.
In the Banff and Buchan area there is said to be high levels of fury over the EU’s common fisheries policy.
When Express.co.uk contacted SNP MP for Banff and Buchan Eilidh Whiteford’s office for comment on whether they believe EU fishing quotas may have affected the vote, they refused to acknowledge it.
Nicola Sturgeon hopes to keep Scotland in the EU
An SNP spokesman said: "Scotland voted against Brexit by an overwhelming majority, with 62% of people voting remain, and a majority in every local authority area, including Aberdeenshire.
"A Tory hard Brexit that drags us out of the Single Market is a massive threat to Scotland's economy, jobs and public services – with a projected cost of 80,000 job losses and a £2,000 cut in wages per head within a decade, and an overall economic cost of around £11billion a year by 2030.
"The Tory government has absolutely no mandate to drag us out of the single market. Theresa May must live up to her commitment to treat Scotland as an equal partner by respecting Scotland's vote and the Scottish Government's compromise proposals to keep Scotland in the Single Market."
Despite Scots overall voting to Remain in the EU, Scotland will leave the crumbling bloc because the UK as a whole voted to do so.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has argued the split could trigger a second independence referendum.
It comes as Scottish Greens MSP Ross Greer said Scotland is almost certainly heading towards a new independence referendum after the UK triggers the process to leave the EU.
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He told Reuters: "I'm 85 or 90 percent sure at least that we're heading towards another referendum.”
Mr Greer, key figure in the failed 2014 independence campaign, said Theresa May’s Government has been unwilling to consider what compromise options might be open for Scotland.
He said: "That leaves us in a position of polar opposites: we can either be part of hard Brexit which tilts towards (President) Trump's America or we can be part of the European family as an independent state.”