The Scottish Nationalist leader Alex Salmond was greeted with acclaim as he conceded defeat in the Independence referendum, but he was quick to hint this may have only been round one.
“Scotland has, by 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,” he said.
Salmond warned London Scots would expect it to rapidly honour its promise of more powers with legislation. This is far from over. The campaign in the north has raised issues in the south Prime Minister David Cameron appeared to acknowledge on Friday morning, raising the prospect of electoral reform.
“The ‘Yes’ camp’s party plans have been put on hold while the pro-union supporters are silently celebrating before the hard work begins on securing more powers for Scotland through Devo Max”, says euronews’ Joanna Gill in Edinburgh.
- * Scottish nationalist leader Alex Salmond concedes defeat
- * Salmond: Scotland expects London to honour its pledge of devolving more power
- * David Cameron congratulates the leader of the ‘No’ campaign