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Salmond quits after Scots vote to stay in UK

Salmond quits after Scots vote to stay in UK
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Alex Salmond is resigning as leader of his party and as Scotland’s First Minister.

His announcement comes just hours after Scots voted to remain in the United Kingdom.

Salmond’s dream has always been an independent Scotland. It’s a goal he’s worked his entire adult life to achieve.

“For me as leader, my time is nearly over,” Salmond said, “but for Scotland the campaign continues and the dream shall never die.”

He said that politicians in London must respect their last minute promises of more powers for Scotland.

Salmond pointed out that Prime Minister David Cameron refuses to back Gordon Brown’s timetable to vote on a Scotland Bill.

“I spoke to the prime minister today, and although he reiterated his intentions to proceed as he has now outlined, he would not commit to a second reading vote by March 27 on a new Scotland bill,” he said.

“That was a clear promise laid out by Gordon Brown during the campaign. The prime minister says such a vote would be meaningless, I suspect that he can not guarantee the support of his party,” added Salmond.

Cameron told reporters outside his Downing Street office that new plans will be agreed upon by November, with draft legislation by January.

Meanwhile in Brussels, the European Commission said the Scottish vote was good for a “united, open and stronger Europe.”

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