Scotland spurned independence in a historic referendum that threatened to rip the United Kingdom apart, sow financial turmoil and diminish Britain’s remaining global clout.
Opinion polls showing a surge in Scottish separatist support in the two weeks leading up to the referendum prompted a rushed British pledge to grant more powers to Scotland, a step that angered some English lawmakers in Westminster.
In an effort to deflate that anger, British Prime Minister David Cameron vowed to forge a new constitutional settlement that would grant Scotland the promised powers but also give greater control to England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
There was some relief among morning commuters on the streets of London.
“Thank goodness, really. I think it would have been bad economically for both Scotland and the rest of the UK,” said one woman.
A young man added: “It didn’t surprise me… I just think that deep down there is too much risk. I think people realised that.
There were people that clearly wanted to be heard and wanted to be listened to and it’s rightly so that they deserve a little bit more help from England.”
Euronews correspondent James Franey reported from London:
“The yes campaign may have failed this time, but with so many Scots voting to split from the United Kingdom the Westminster elites can no longer ignore their voices. That’s why the three main parties will be setting out more proposals to grant Scotland greater autonomy over the coming months.”
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