Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond admits Scotland has decided not to become an independent country and conceded defeat in the Scottish independence referendum in a speech in Edinburgh.
Scotland will stay part of the UK as the referendum “No Vote” came out on top as the answer to whether Scotland would become an independent country. The “Yes” vote was 1,617,989 (44.7%) vs the “No” vote of 2,001,926 (55.3%).Voter turnout was reported to be over 84%.
The oldest voters tended to back “no”, the youngest voted “yes”. According to polling by Lord Ashcroft, 71 per cent of 16 and 17-year-olds voted for independence, while 73 per cent of the over-65s voted against it.
The United Kingdom consists of four countries: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Scotland consists of the northern third of the island of Great Britain — bordering England to the south.
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Scotland has voted against independence, as the result in Fife – where 114,148 voted Yes and 139,788 No – made the result a mathematical certainty.
It was a night of high drama in Glasgow (Scotland’s second largest city after the capital Edinburgh) as the city voted Yes to independence, going against the majority of the country who voted against leaving the Union.
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