Nationalist leaders in Scotland and Northern Ireland, which want to remain in the European bloc, say Britain's decision to exit the E.U. intensifies their case to cede from the U.K.. Mana Rabiee reports.
In Edinburgh, Scotland -- shock over 'Brexit'. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN SAYING: "Devastating. I think it's really gutting but what can you do?" (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED MAN SAYING: "I'm not impressed, ridiculous. Dreadful decision." Thursday's vote puts the U.K. as a whole at odds with Scotland, which voted to stay in the E.U. Now, many here are rethinking their own referendum outcome in 2014 to stay in the U.K. It was thought, at the time, an independent Scotland won't be able to remain in the E.U. Now that the U.K. is exiting the bloc, all that is changed. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgen, who heads the pro-independence movement, says a second referendum to cede from the U.K. now looks very likely indeed. (SOUNDBITE)(English) SCOTLAND'S FIRST MINISTER, NICOLA STURGEON, SAYING: "As things stand, Scotland faces the prospect of being taken out of the EU against her will. I regard that as democratically unacceptable." It's not just Scotland. In Northern Ireland, leaders of the largest nationalist party, Sinn Fein, say Thursday's ballot intensifies their case to vote on leaving the U.K. Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness: (SOUNDBITE) (English) NORTHERN IRELAND DEPUTY FIRST MINISTER, MARTIN MCGUINNESS, SAYING: "This is an unacceptable situation for us to find ourselves in against the backdrop of a vote which was in favor of 'Remain' in the north and for us to be dragged out of European Union against our will is absolutely unacceptable. Britain has been united for 215 years. Suddenly, the narrow vote to exit Europe threatens to strain the very fabric of the Kingdom itself.