Voters in Scotland say ‘no’ to independence from Great Britain, in a referendum that would break up their 307 year old union. The two countries remain united, as the majority of Scotland sides with the Better Together Campaign, over the Yes Campaign.
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, who spearheaded the Yes Campaign, saw a chance to make his dream of a free Scotland a reality. His side put up a worthy fight, where the major British political were nervous that Scotland might split.
“On behalf of the Scottish government I accept the result and pledge to work constructively in the interests of Scotland and rest of the United Kingdom,” said Salmond.
He also went on to say “The process by which we have made our decision as a nation reflects enormous credit upon Scotland. A turnout of 86% is one of the highest in the democratic world for any election or referendum in history — this has been a triumph for the democratic process and participation in politics.”
Salmond’s nationalistic dream came to an end, but he believes the campaigns efforts were admirable. He is expected to make a call today to make amends for his harsh, and sometimes threatening political efforts.
The deputy head of the pro-independence Scotish National Party, Nicola Sturgeon, admitted defeat around 6:17 a.m. local time. The election was neck and neck, but Sturgeon watched the ‘no’ vote slowly pick up more momentum than Scotland’s independence.
“Like thousands of others across the country I’ve put my heart and soul into this campaign and there is a real sense of disappointment that we’ve fallen narrowly short of securing a yes vote,” she said to BBC television about the losing effort.
President Barrack Obama hasn’t been shy on his views of the country’s independence, hoping Scotland remains united with Great Britain. If they won, Salmond promised to get rid of the British nuclear submarine bases in Scotland, and that would be bad news for London’s defensive role with the United States.
The Scots remained divided on the vote until the very last minutes of it. In the end, Great Britain and Scotland will remain a union.The Better Together Campaign wins.