Interactive Brexit Vulnerability map published

Screenshot of Brexit Vulnerability map
Norette Ferns

The Scottish Government has published an interactive map that displays risks of leaving the European Union (EU) for communities across the country.

Analysis finds that many of the areas at greatest risk from the impact of Brexit are rural or on islands.

The Local Level Brexit Vulnerabilities in Scotland report has been produced by RESAS (Rural and Environmental Science and Analytical Services).

The analysis breaks the map of Scotland down into 7,000 geographical units called datazones. Across these datazones a series of factors that put communities at risk to 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
  • 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 has beeen 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.

View the Brexit Vulnerabilities Index Map