The vote, reported early Friday, means Scotland will remain a part of the United Kingdom.
DUNSTABLE, Bedfordshire, England – After years of debate, emotion and drama, Scotland voted No in Thursday’s independence referendum.
In what was expected to be one of the closest run polls the country has ever seen, the Unionists clinched it with 55 percent of the vote compared to 45 percent for those who wanted Scotland to be an independent nation.
Though many – Prime Minister David Cameron and Queen Elizabeth included – will be breathing a heavy sigh of relief, with both planning to make public addresses today, nearly half of Scotland’s population will be disappointed with today’s decision.
First Minister Alex Salmond, who pushed hard for independence, said he would accept the decision, and thanked the people of Scotland for their support.
What remains now is to see how Scotland will recover from this historic vote and whether Westminster will keep its promise to give more powers to Scotland, or whether, as widely rumored, it will go back on its word.
Myah Guild is a Senior Reporter for Youth Journalism International.
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