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Scotland says 'No' to independence from UK after historic vote

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Scotland says 'No' to independence from UK after historic vote

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Scotland has voted to reject independence and stay in the United Kingdom.

The final result saw unionists win the historic referendum by a clear margin of 55 percent to 45 percent, after a very high turnout of 84 percent.

Just over two million people voted “No” to independence, while more than 1.6 million people backed a breakaway from the UK.

Our live updates on the vote have now closed. Review the key events as they happened in our coverage below.

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In summary


  • * The outcome wasn’t quite as close as some had predicted, but was fairly tight nonetheless. With 55.3% voting ‘No’ and 44.7% voting ‘Yes’, Scotland decided to reject independence and stay in the United Kingdom.

  • * The official overall turnout was 84.5%

  • * In the capital Edinburgh: turnout was 84.4%; the ‘No’ vote won

  • * In the most populous city, Glasgow: turnout was 75%; the ‘Yes’ to independence vote won

  • *Alex Salmond, First Minister, leader of the SNP and of the ‘Yes’ campaign received a resounding ‘no’ from his own constituency.

  • *British PM David Cameron said “political leaders on all sides of the debate now bear a heavy responsibility to come together and work constructively … for each and every citizen of our United Kingdom.”