The people of Scotland yesterday voted to stay in the United Kingdom after voters decisively rejected independence.
With the results in from all 32 council areas, the “No” side won with 2,001,926 votes over 1,617,989 for “Yes”.
Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond called for unity and urged the unionist parties to deliver on their promises to grant more powers to Scotland.
Prime Minister David Cameron said he was delighted the UK would remain together and said the commitments on extra powers would be honored.
He said the three main unionist parties at Westminster would now follow through with their pledge of more powers for the Scottish Parliament.
He announced that Lord Smith of Kelvin, who led Glasgow’s staging of the Commonwealth Games, would oversee the process to take forward the commitments, with new powers over tax, spending and welfare to be agreed by November, and draft legislation published by January.
But the Prime Minister went beyond his commitments to Scotland, raising the prospect of also devolving more powers to the people of England, the biggest partner in the union.
People opposed to Scottish independence celebrate the final results of a historic referendum Friday, September 19, in Edinburgh. A majority of voters — 55% to 45% — rejected the possibility of Scotland breaking away from the United Kingdom and becoming an independent nation.