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Scotland decides to stay in the UK

FXStreet (Łódź) - The fact that "no" camp would claim victory in the Scottish referendum was known already by the time when 3/4 of votes in the 32 local authority areas were counted. But now with the total tally in, the result can be officially confirmed: Scotland will remain part of the UK.

According to the final numbers 55.3% of voters (2,001,926 people) said "no" to independence, while 44.7% (1,617,989 people ) opted for a secession from the UK. The turnout was very high at 84.6%, with 4,283,000 registered to vote.

The "no" camp triumphed in 28 local authority areas, while the "yes" camp only in 4 of them.
The outcome of the referendum comes as a relief to many including PMDavid Cameron, who announced that it's time for the" United Kingdom to come together and to move forward" and change it "for the better" even before the vote count was complete.

Also the independence leader Alex Salmond accepted that Scots decided to "go forward as one nation" and asked them not to "dwell on distance we have fallen short, but focus on the distance traveled."

The victory of the "no" camp doesn't mean a complete defeat for the supporters of a secession however. While the referendum was still in progress PM David Cameron as well as the leaders of the two other largest parties Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband affirmed additional powers for voting promised to the Scots a few days ago would be "honoured in full."

The extension of powers would nevertheless apply also to England, Wales and Northern Ireland, according to Cameron's words: "Just as Scotland will vote separately in the Scottish parliament on their issues of tax, spending and welfare, so too England, as well as Wales and Northern Ireland should be able to vote on these issues."

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