Scottish voters reject independence

As most of the ballots are counted, it appears that Scots will not gain independence.

By REUTERS
September 19, 2014 07:57
Scotland

A MAN with a tattoo of Scotland on his back holds up a Scottish flag to support independence at a rally in Glasgow.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Scottish voters have spurned independence by voting to stay in the United Kingdom, partial results showed with more than 60 percent of the votes declared.

Reuters calculations based on the partial results showed Scottish support for staying in the United Kingdom on 54 percent versus 46 percent for declaring independence.

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British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday congratulated Alistair Darling, the man who spearheaded the campaign against Scottish independence.

"I've spoken to Alistair Darling and congratulated him on a well-fought campaign," Cameron, whose own job would have been on the line in the event of a "Yes" vote, wrote on his official Twitter feed.

Cameron, who campaigned against Scottish independence along with the leaders of Britain's other two main political parties, is expected to make a televised statement welcoming the results of the referendum from his London offices at around 0600 GMT.

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