Scotland to remain in UK after rejecting Independence in tight referendum

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Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom after 55% voted No to independence in a historic referendum that until the people went to the polls, the result was hugely unpredictable. There was an astonishing 86% turnout which is up there as one of the largest ever recorded in a democratic vote anywhere in the world.

Alex Salmond, Scottish First Minister, was bitterly disappointed with the outcome after leading a hard fought campaign for the Yes side. Salmond said "We know it is a majority for the No campaign" and called on Scots to accept the results of the vote." Salmond's deputy Nicola Sturgeon was also feeling blue and she said "Like thousands of others across the country I’ve put my heart and soul into this campaign and there is a real sense of disappointment that we’ve fallen narrowly short of securing a yes vote."

David Cameron could hardly contain his relief when asked for his reaction outside Downing Street saying "Like millions of other people, I am delighted!" Cameron also said that the result of the referendum meant that there were plenty of people in Scotland who were unhappy with how things currently are and as such he has promised a "new and fair settlement" for Scotland.

It is thought that the Yes campaign peaked just a week too early with the No side just taking the lead within the final week for the first time in a number of polls. This was mainly due to a late drive by a united David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg who all visited Scotland last week to promise the people the sun, moon and stars to Scottish residents should they remain within the union.

The result has taken plenty of uncertain variables off the table such as whether Scotland would be welcomed into the EU, what currency an independent Scotland would use and what would become of the Union Jack flag. It also has essentially saved David Cameron's job as if the result had gone the other way then he would no doubt have been under huge pressure to resign.

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