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Scotland rejects independence with 55% voting 'no'

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-09-19

Scotland has firmly rejected independence as final results from the referendum showed Friday that 55.3% of Scots voted against separating from the United Kingdom. See how the day's events unfolded on FRANCE 24's live blog.

  • Scottish voters resoundingly rejected independence, preventing the rupture of a 307-year union with England with 55 percent of voters against independence and 45 percent for. The vote saw an unprecedented turnout of 85 percent.
  • Conceding defeat, Scottish First Minister and leader of the independence campaign Alex Salmond called the referendum “a triumph for the democratic process and for participation in politics”.
  • UK Prime Minister David Cameron promised to live up to earlier promises – made by the leaders of Britain’s three main political parties – to give Scotland new powers on taxes, spending and welfare. Those plans, he said, will be agreed by November, with draft legislation by January.
  • Cameron also pledged that changes would apply not only to Scotland, but also to other constituent parts of the UK – England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • The No campaign won the capital city, Edinburgh, by a margin of 61 percent to 38 percent and triumphed by 59 percent to 41 percent in Aberdeen, the country's oil center. The Yes campaign won Glasgow, Scotland's biggest city.
  • Markets responded with relief to the result, which opinion polls ahead of the vote showed was too close to call. Stocks rallied and Sterling made gains after losing value in recent weeks.
  • Many European countries, worried about the implications of Scottish independence on the UK’s role in the EU and NATO as well as the impact of a “Yes” vote on nationalist movements like Spain's Catalonia, were relieved by the result. European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso welcomed the result as a boost for a "united, open and stronger Europe", while European Council president Herman Van Rompuy said the outcome meant Britain "is and will remain an important member of the European Union to the benefit of all citizens and member states."

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Live Blog Scottish referndum result day

Date created : 2014-09-19

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