Referendum result: Scotland votes No in referendum and will remain part of the UK

Referendum result: Scotland votes No in referendum and will remain part of the UK
Better Together campaigners celebrate in Glasgow (Picture: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty)

Scotland has rejected independence and will remain part of the United Kingdom as the referendum results show a win for the No vote.

This morning officials announced that the Scottish people have voted in favour of keeping the union together as the No side won 55 per cent of the vote, with the Yes campaign getting 45 per cent.

The historical referendum, which saw 85 per cent of registered voters take part, started on a knife edge, however over the course of the night the No vote started to pull ahead.

Celebrations in Glasgow city centre, where the Yes votes out numbered the No, were a little pre-emptive after a nationwide majority sided with the Better Together campaign.

At about 6am this morning the No vote count reached the 1.8 million mark, meaning that regardless of the results of the rest of the Scottish councils Scotland has officially rejected independence.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 19:  Supporters at a "Yes" rally in George Square react on September 19, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. Polls have now closed in the Scottish referendum and the United Kingdom await the results of this historic vote.  With a substantial turnout at the polling stations the vote is too close to call and the result is expected in the early hours of Friday morning.  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
Yes campaigners celebrate Glasgow’s result before the official results were released (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Douglas Alexander MP, speaking to Sky News, commented that despite the No campaign’s apparent victory, politicians must now recognise that nearly half of Scotland’s population are not happy with being governed by Westminster.

The Queen is expected to make a written statement about the referendum result this afternoon.

Alistair darling, who was leading the Better Together campaign, has tweeted that he will give a speech in Glasgow.

Speaking in Edinburgh, Alex Salmond said he ‘accepts’ the results and praised the high voter turnout.

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19 September 2014 | 5:24 am – Source: metro.co.uk

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