Scotland votes 'No' to independence

LONDON - Scotland has voted to stay in the United Kingdom after voters decisively rejected independence.

With the results in from all 32 council areas, the "No" side won with 2,001,926 votes over 1,617,989 for "Yes".

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond called for unity and urged the unionist parties to deliver on more powers.

Prime Minister David Cameron said he was delighted the UK would remain together and said the commitments on extra powers would be honoured.

Mr Cameron said the three main unionist parties at Westminster would now follow through with their pledge of more powers for the Scottish Parliament.

"We will ensure that those commitments are honoured in full," he said.

He announced that Lord Smith of Kelvin, who led Glasgow's staging of the Commonwealth Games, would oversee the process to take forward the commitments, with new powers over tax, spending and welfare to be agreed by November, and draft legislation published by January.

Comments (5)

The Mthwakazi lunatic fringe in Zimbabwe must be very embarrassed by the vote. This is after they tried to link their minority cause in Zim with the level headed Scots.! Zimbabwe will remain one State. bUt there is always room for dialogue towards improvement on our polity to acccomodate reasonable minority interests.

Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof) - 19 September 2014

Point noted Cde Mzvinavhu, Mthwakazi lunatics were embarrassed by the vote, instead of fighting for a better Zimbabwe inclusively they are advocating to split it. Father Zimbabwe Cde Joshua Nkomo did not want the country now come a lunatic by the name of Paul Siwela wants to split Zimbabwe has numerous problems but all the level headed Zimbabweans want it intact

Nyamhangambiri - 19 September 2014

Sorry Last comment I meant to say Father Zimbabwe Cde Joshua Nkomo did not want the country split

Nyamhangambiri - 19 September 2014

This country was created by the whites using force to coop up different tribes into one nation-state. The Ndebele should be allowed to go it alone. This is neo-colonialism by ZanuPF. We all know Southern Rhodesia was created by the whites. To hell with what Nkomo said - he is gone and the living should decide what is best for themselves not listen to someone who is no longer there said.

Musona - 19 September 2014

Mthwakazi wants Devolution not secession. So stop linking Mthwakazi people to those who seek secession; you have not done any survey or ran any referendum to prove they are in the majority. And by they way, most of you calling the secessionists Lunatic fringe actually deserve the dictator ship and oppression by Mugabe. You don't understand democracy. Besides, why bring Nkomo into this issue?

Phunyukabemphethe - 23 September 2014

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