The Scottish government didn't seek a referendum on our membership of the European Union, and we certainly did not want this result. Well of course, I respect the views of all those who voted. The UK result leaves me deeply disappointed and profoundly concerned. Politicians who propose this referendum, no matter how bruised they feel by the result, have a duty now to step up to deal with the consequences of its outcome.
And those who campaigned for a leave vote, making a number of promises in the process, must now be clear and honest about their plans to deliver. If we were to be removed from the EU, it would be against the will of our people. That would be democratically unacceptable.