After much debate and campaigning over the past few months, Scotland’s 300 year union with the UK is going to continue after 55% of the country voted to stay in the sovereign state.
In record numbers, Scots flocked to the voting poll to cast their decision and it was as hotly-contested as you’d imagine. Impassioned speeches from the likes of Gordon Brown tipped the scales in the direction of the ‘No’ camp but sports icon Andy Murray’s ‘Yes’ at the 11th hour looked to have swayed the balance once again.
Huge day for Scotland today! no campaign negativity last few days totally swayed my view on it. excited to see the outcome. lets do this!
— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) September 18, 2014
84.5% of people voted in all, but the large cities let down the ‘Yes’ camp by not finding their way to a polling station. It’s believed that only 75% of eligible Scots voted in Glasgow and 78.8% turned out in Dundee. In the final count, the no camp clocked up 2,001,926 votes (55.3%) to 1,617,989 for yes (44.7%).
Prime Minister David Cameron said: “The people of Scotland have spoken and it is a clear result. They have kept our country of four nations together and, like millions of other people, I am delighted.
“As I said during the campaign, it would have broken my heart to see our United Kingdom come to an end. And I know that sentiment was shared by people not just across our country but around the world because of what we have achieved together in the past and what we can do together in the future.”
With the UK intact, the people of Wales took to Twitter to have their feelings and opinions on the result known.
#indyref is proof that Scottish nationalism has always been muscular & assertive, possibly reawakening the “sleeping beauty” known as Wales
— Ala’a Shehabi (@alaashehabi) September 19, 2014
— Mike Keval Brooker (@patria1818) September 19, 2014
— Rhodri Dafydd (@R_Dafydd) September 19, 2014
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