Scotland Rejects Independence in Record-Breaking Referendum !

Scotland Rejects Independence in

Record-Breaking Referendum !

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The United Kingdom remained intact Friday after 55.3 percent of Scottish voters rejected independence in a record-breaking national referendum.

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow, voted in favor of independence — itself a significant milestone in British history — but that was not enough to secure an overall victory for the ‘Yes’ campaign.

Despite a sudden and historic surge in support for separation, the final defeat came at 6:10 a.m. local time (1:10 a.m. ET) when Fife declared its results, pushing the ‘No’ side over the 50 percent threshold needed for victory. More than 84 percent of registered voters turned out.

“We’ve taken on the argument and we’ve won. The silent have spoken,” Alistair Darling, leader of the Better Together campaign against independence, said in a victory speech. Darling acknowledged the campaign created deep political divisions among Scots and vowed to work hard to address cries for change among backers of separation.

The final tally had ‘No’ with 2,001,926 votes (55.3 percent) while ‘Yes’ garnered 1,616,989 votes (44.7 percent).

Conceding defeat, Scotland’s pro-independence leader and First Minister Alex Salmond thanked the voters who backed independence, saying they had changed the face of British politics forever.

“It is important to say that our referendum was an agreed and consented process and Scotland has by a majority decided not at this stage to become an independent country,” he said. “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.”


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