Its a NO: Scotland Rejects Independence from UK
After a two year campaign which culminated in a nationwide referendum on Thursday, Scotland voted to reject independence from the United Kingdom.
With 30 out of the country’s 32 council areas having declared after Thursday’s vote, the “No” side has an unassailable lead of 1,877,252 votes to 1,512,688.
The winning total needed was 1,852,828. Nationally, the margin of victory is about 55% to 45%.
Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, who led the pro-yes campaign said has he accepts his defeat.
He said: “It is important to say that our referendum was an agreed and consented process and Scotland has by a majority decided not at this stage to become an independent country.
“I accept that verdict of the people and I call on all of Scotland to follow suit in accepting the democratic verdict of the people of Scotland.”
Mr Salmond called on the main unionist parties to make good on their promises of greater powers being devolved to the Scottish Parliament.
“We have touched sections of the community who have never been touched before by politics. These communities have touched us… I don’t think that will ever be allowed to go back to business as usual in politics again.”
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