This morning the world got the answer for a crucial question, especially for separatist movements in various parts of the globe, “Shall Scotland Regain Independence From The Crown?”
According to information provided by BBC, Scotland has voted to stay in the United Kingdom after voters decisively rejected the independence during the referendum on September 18, 2014, Thursday.
With the results processed in all 32 council areas, the “No” side won with 2,001,926 votes (55.3%) over 1,617,989 (44.7%) for “Yes”. The decision has been accepted by both sides.
All You Need To Know About Scottish Independence Referendum
The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, said in his speech this morning: “The people of Scotland have spoken. It is a clear result. They have kept our country of four nations together. Like millions of other people, I am delighted.”
The prime minister added that this referendum had been hard-fought. It had stirred strong passions. It had electrified politics in Scotland, and caught the imagination of people across the whole of United Kingdom.
Finally, he said words full of hope for the whole country: “Now we must look forward, and turn this into the moment when everyone – whichever way they voted – comes together to build that better, brighter future for our entire United Kingdom.”
The British government must now deliver on promises made in the heat of the campaign to give more powers over tax, spending and welfare to the devolved government in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh. But, at the same time, the outcome is good news for Cameron, who, as many suggested, could not have survived if Scotland had voted to break away.
Nigerians have been discussing the results since morning. The mood some of our compatriots expressed through social networks shows that the question of country’s integrity and unity really concerns the people.