INDEPENDENCE REFERENDUM: Scotland Will Stay In The UK
Gun-jumping (with plausible reason) reports (such as one of BBC) is now predicting that Scotland will remain a part of the United Kingdom. The news comes as the “No” side of the coin hold 54% of the vote. Currently, 26 out of the 32 council areas have declared their result.
By 05:15 BST (06:15 GMT), the “No” campaign had more than 1,397,000 votes, with “Yes” on just over 1,176,000.
A total of 1,852,828 votes is needed for victory in the referendum.
You can read more on the referendum here; The Daily Mail has also provided an ongoing map to keep you updated as well (ex. the above image, taken at 5:30am).
UPDATE: The results are now official — 30 out of Scotland’s 32 council areas declared “No”, which tallied at 1,877,252 votes over 1,512,688 that voted “Yes” (a 55% to 45% margin).
UPDATE #2: David Cameron has officially given his statement post-vote, essentially promising that he would keep promises made during the referendum campaign. He also revealed new proposals that would give Scotland (and Wales, for that matter) various voting powers for issues that only effect the specific territories. You can read more on that here.
UPDATE #3: Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond will officially be stepping down following his country’s decision to remain a part of the UK. While he doesn’t feel that he can be a leader for Scotland any longer following his loss with the independence referendum, Salmond will still remained a part of Scottish politics:
We lost the referendum vote but Scotland can still carry the political initiative. For me as leader my time is nearly over but for Scotland the campaign continues and the dream shall never die.
I I have no intention of retiring from Scottish politics – there are a large number of things you are able to do when you’re not first minister or leader of a political party.