The votes have been counted, and Scotland has said no to independence. However, it has not been by a large majority. At 6:10am BST, Fife announced its final count and finally tipped the vote to the point where the Yes campaign could not win. At the time, the No campaign needed just over 85,000 votes to win, and gained 139,000 from Fife alone.
It has been a volatile campaign, especially over the last four weeks or so. Both sides have been accused to attacking others for their views, leading to many deciding to keep their views to themselves. Others were genuinely undecided until the last minute, as they heard more promises from Westminster and more reasons to vote Yes.
While the majority have voted no, those who voted yes should not be too disappointed. Over one and a half million people chose to say yes, with one center still waiting to give its results. Four centers have so far seen a majority for yes: Glasgow, Dundee, North Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire. Most others were extremely close with Inverclyde split down the middle.
Alex Salmond has accepted the vote as he said he would. He was graceful in his speech, and said that it was now time for other action to be taken. Westminster had promised those who voted no more powers to the Scottish Parliament, and that is what many will be waiting for.
Scotland said no to independence on September 18, but everything is not yet over. Salmond expects those who promised more power to the country to deliver on those promises. Some of the expected extra powers include more control over taxes and the welfare budget. The parties will all join together now to discuss the steps to take for the Scottish people.
There was a large turnout, with some people who had never voted before turning up for this referendum. For the first time 16 and 17 year olds were allowed to vote, but they were not the only ones to vote for teh first time. Salmond spoke about senior citizens deciding that this was a vote worth turning up for. It has taken the turnout to 85 percent, which is one of the highest ever for a democratic nation. It is certainly one of the highest that the U.K. has ever seen.
Salmond took the time to thank so many people for turning up and giving their decision. He made it clear that everyone contributed and made it clear that at this time Scotland is saying no to independence. That does not mean he will ask for another referendum in a few years time. Previously, the Scottish First Minister had said that this was a one in a generation chance.
With just one center to go, the no campaign has won but only just. Fifty-five percent of the Scottish people have decided against independence at this time. That was the expected amount based on various polls taken over the last few weeks. While it will be disappointing for the Yes campaign, steps now need to be taken to deliver more power to Scotland after the majority have has no to total independence.
By Alexandria Ingham