Scotland Rejects Independence

Alex Salmond in his car

Scottish citizens have voted to keep its 307-year-old union with England and Wales. First Minister Salmond conceded defeat. Roughly 55% of voters voted “No” and sided with “Better Together” while the Yes campaign scored some impressive successes, with 53% in Glasgow and 57% in Dundee. The No camp was overwhelmingly victorious in Edinburgh, Aberdeenshire.

PM David Cameron tweeted early this morning to say he had spoken to Alistair Darling, leader of the no campaign, and congratulated him on a “well-fought campaign”. Best-selling author JK Rowling, who donated a million pounds to the No campaign hailed the result.

Salmond delivered a concession speech shortly after 6am, saying he accepted the result, but warning Labour and the Tories that they now had to make good on their promises to devolve more power to the Scottish parliament: “Scotland will expect these to be honoured in rapid course”…

British and Scottish institutions and powers will largely be renegotiated and reorganised. Thus, David Cameron announced that Scottish MPs may no longer be allowed to vote on English laws in Westminster in the future. But, as Labour has 40 Scottish MPs, an attempt to prevent those MPs from voting in Parliament on devolved issues would hurt Labour’s clout and its ability to block or pass any law in the future.

A lot of political battles will be fought in the days, months and years to come. “Just hours after the Scottish independence result, normal Westminster politics appears to have resumed with the Tories fighting internally and publicly over controversial devolution plans.”

How Scotland voted: interactive map here

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