September 19, 2014
Scotland votes ‘NO’ to independence
Scotland has voted to stay in the United Kingdom after voters decisively rejected independence.
With the results in from all 32 council areas, the “No” side won with 2,001,926 votes over 1,617,989 for “Yes”.
Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond called for unity and urged the unionist parties to deliver on more powers.
Prime Minister David Cameron said he was delighted the UK would remain together and said the commitments on extra powers would be honoured.
Mr Cameron said the three main unionist parties at Westminster would now follow through with their pledge of more powers for the Scottish Parliament.
"We will ensure that those commitments are honoured in full," he said.
Royal correspondent Nick Witchell at Balmoral
Balmoral seems very remote and cut off but of course the Royal Family has been following this minutely.
Reaction - one word, relief. Relief that’s it’s over, relief that Scotland has decided what it has.
The Queen undoubtedly, privately would have felt immense sadness had the United Kingdom been split up.
Relief too for her officials who had been starting to contemplate some very tricky constitutional issues.
Once all the politicians have said what they wish to say, I think this afternoon it is expected that the Queen will issue a short written statement.
It seems logical to surmise that after this really quite divisive campaign she will concentrate on the vote, the decision that Scotland has taken, and express the hope that Scotland will now move on.