THE Scottish Government has released a detailed online map showing how Brexit could affect almost 7000 individual neighbourhoods.

It shows the greatest impact is likely to be on rural and island communities, although some urban areas, particularly deprived parts of Glasgow, are also at risk.

The datazone map uses a series of factors to assess the impact of Brexit, including access to public services, working age population, income deprivation, workers in Brexit-sensitive industries, EU worker migration and EU payment levels.

A related report on the Local Level Brexit Vulnerabilities in Scotland found half of Shetland, Na h-Eileanan Siar, Argyll & Bute and Dumfries and Galloway were in the 20 per cent of communities deemed most vulnerable to changes following Brexit.

Deprived areas of Glasgow, Fife, North and South Lanarkshire and Edinburgh also contained tens of thousands of people considered vulnerable.

Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell added: “We always knew that Brexit could be damaging to Scotland, but this analysis lays out in stark terms how vulnerable communities across the country - urban and rural - are to its impact.

“As a responsible government, we will do what we can to mitigate and minimise its impact: this study only underlines the scale of that task and the recklessness of the UK Government in continuing to pursue Brexit at any cost.”