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Scotland Referendum: Reject Independence
Sep 21, 2014

Scotland voters decided to remain part of the United Kingdom on Friday, rejecting independence in a historic referendum. By a margin of 55% to 45%, and on a vast 86% turnout, Scots voted to stick with the United Kingdom on September 18th. Thereby they ensured the continuation of the nation state that shaped the modern world, one which still retains great capacity for good. They also preserved the British identity which over a third of Scots, English, Welsh and Northern Irish consider of primary importance.

Scotland has a population of just over five million, a small proportion of the more than 64 million in the broader U.K. Scotland is currently allotted 59 seats out of 650 in British Parliament. The decision prevented a rupture of a 307-year union with England, bringing a huge sigh of relief to the British political establishment. 


The question on the ballot asked voters simply: Should Scotland be an independent country? and droves of voters turned out for their chance to weigh in on Scotland's future. There were more than 4.2 million registered voters, which represents roughly 97 per cent of all eligible voters. Scotland residents as young as 16 were among the voters. With all 32 centres reporting,  there were 2,001,926 votes parked for No, to 1,617,989 for Yes. Turnout was 84.6 per cent.


Prime Minister of Great Britain David Cameron promised to honour commitments made in the final days of the campaign to Scotland, as well as explore how Great Britain can work best for the people of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. But also warned that millions of voices in England must also be heard, calling for a balanced settlement that would deliver more power to England, Wales and Northern Ireland. 


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