Scotland votes ‘No’ in historic referedum

After weeks of pro and anti-independence campaigns to convince Scots to respectively either back independence or stay united, Scotland has chosen to save the 307-year-old union with United Kingdom by voting ‘No’ against independence on a historic referendum held on Thursday.

Earlier on Friday, the results have revealed that Scottish voters rejected independence by a 55-to-45 per cent margin in a September 18 referendum that witnessed the record high turn out of 84.6 per cent ever in Britain. 

The results were in from all 32 council areas and the Better together campaign side won with 2,001,926 votes over 1,617,989 for pro-independence campaign.

The polls also predicted almost a similar outcome and told that the referendum battle was expected to be on knife edge.

After the announcement of results, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has declared it a “clear result” after Scots voted by a 10.6 per cent margin against independence.

Mr Cameron has promised a ‘devolution revolution’ across Great Britain, including votes on English issues by English MPs at Westminster, as he hailed the decision of the people of Scotland to stay united with the U.K. 

The Prime Minister has stated outside his 10 Downing Street office in London: “Like millions of other people, I am delighted. As I said during the campaign it would have broken my heart to see our United Kingdom come to an end.

“Just as the people of Scotland will have more powers over their affairs, so it follows that the people of England, Wales and Northern Ireland must have a bigger say over theirs.” 

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond has also called for unity and urged the unionist parties to deliver on more powers, as he has stated: “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.

“Let’s not dwell on the distance we’ve fallen short — let us dwell on the distance we have travelled.”

U.S. President Barack Obama has also welcomed the outcome of a historic referendum as he congratulated Scotland on its “full and energetic exercise of democracy.”

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