Scotland

Scottish independence: Key figures give their reaction

  • 19 September 2014
  • From the section Scotland

Scotland has voted No to independence. Here is what some of the leading figures in the campaign have said about the result.

First Minister Alex Salmond

"Let us not dwell on the distance we have fallen short. Let us dwell on the distance we have travelled and have confidence that the movement will take this nation forward as one nation."

Prime Minister David Cameron

"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."

Better Together leader Alistair Darling

"We've taken on the argument and we've won. The silent have spoken."

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

"I'm absolutely delighted the Scottish people have taken this momentous decision to safeguard our family of nations for future generations."

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander

"We have won the referendum but the responsibility is on all of us to take forward more powers for the Scottish parliament."

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

"I am indicating a willingness to work with whoever to get Scotland more powers."

Labour leader Ed Miliband

"Our UK is stronger today than it was yesterday."

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson

"The status quo has been thoroughly smashed."

Clydesdale Bank

"Business as usual, with strong roots in Scotland."

Standard Life

"We have no plans to move any part of our business out of Scotland."

Royal Bank of Scotland

"Following the result, it is business as usual for all our customers across UK and RBS."

Respect MP George Galloway

"Now, together, let's get the Tories out."

SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson

"The challenge now is for those who've won the referendum to deliver on the promises that they made to the people of Scotland."

Socialist campaigner Tommy Sheridan

"Bosses, bankers, billionaires and millionaires unite with Labour MPs, Tories, UKIP and the UK establishment to celebrate Project Fear."

Better Together

"Scotland has voted for unity. Let's move forward together to achieve change for Scotland within the UK."

Yes Scotland chief executive Blair Jenkins

"Thanks to everyone in the Yes movement for building such a great campaign. All that new energy will give Scotland a fantastic future."

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso

"This outcome is good for the united, open and stronger Europe that the European Commission stands for."

Oil industry expert Sir Ian Wood

"Every effort must be made to heal the rifts from the past few months. Scotland must unite and work within the wider UK to take full advantage of the opportunities."

UKIP leader Nigel Farage

"I'm pleased the Union has held together but England needs a voice, and England needs a fair deal."