Scottish independence: Westminster parties pandering to UKIP, says Salmond

border controls

Immigration is being used as a "weapon" to stoke up fears about Scottish independence, First Minister Alex Salmond has said.

He accused opposition parties were "pandering" to UKIP instead of standing up to an anti-immigration message.

Mr Salmond has said Scotland would need an extra 2,000 immigrants a year to make pensions affordable.

Shadow pensions secretary Gregg McClymont dismissed the figure as "misleading"

The exchange came ahead of the 18 September independence referendum, and after the recent European elections, in which UKIP gained the most votes in the UK.

The first minister's comments came after he suggested Scotland would need to encourage immigration to help redress the balance between working people and pensioners.

Mr Salmond argued Scottish immigration needed to rise to 24,000 a year, and full control over tax and economic policy would allow Scotland to attract the right people to work in the country.

line break
Scotland 2014 - What's on
Sarah Smith, presenter of Scotland 2014

Broadcaster Sarah Smith will be quizzing pro-Union backer, Labour MP Douglas Alexander, and independence-backer, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon later. You can watch Scotland 2014 live on BBC Two Scotland at 22:30. It's also available to view on the BBC news website. And if you miss it you can catch up on the BBC iPlayer.

line break

"By contrast, the main Westminster parties have decided to deploy immigration as a weapon in their increasingly tawdry self-styled Project Fear campaign," he wrote in the Herald newspaper.

"The UK government and indeed the Labour Party is using an estimate that net annual migration to Scotland needs to rise to 24,000 to match or exceed the same ratio of working people to pensioners in the UK as if it were something to be frightened of - a reason to vote No."

He added that independence would allow Holyrood to reintroduce a post-study work visa, which was scrapped by the UK government.

He wrote: "As well as practical policies, we can jettison the aggressive language of the mainstream Westminster parties, who instead of standing up to the likes of UKIP have decided to pander to them, and in this independence referendum now to copy their tactics of engendering fear of immigration."

Extra immigrants

Mr McClymont, a Scottish Labour MP, said: "Alex Salmond should step away from the keyboard when he is angry late at night.

"It seems the nationalists can't help themselves misleading the people of Scotland about the consequences of separation.

"Immigration has been good for Scotland. People coming to work here from elsewhere in the world make a valuable contribution to our economy and culture.

"The fact is that being part of the UK makes pensions in Scotland more affordable. Expert opinion is clear that one million extra immigrants would be needed to fill this pensions black hole by the middle of the century."

More on This Story

More Scotland politics stories

RSS

Scotland Decides: SCOTLAND VOTES NO

  1. No 2,001,926
  2. Yes 1,617,989
After 32 of 32 counts Results in detail

Referendum Live

  1.  
    17:51: @HumzaYousaf

    Humza Yousaf SNP Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow tweets: @AlexSalmond's legacy not only his own political achievements but thousands like me who've been inspired by him to become politically active

     
  2.  
    17:48: 'Outstanding parliamentarian' Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland

    Scottish Parliament Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick, who was elected as an SNP MSP before quitting the party to take up the politically-neutral Holyrood role, commented on Mr Salmond's decision to step down as first minister.

    She said: "Members from across the chamber will recognise the first minister as an outstanding parliamentarian and will join me in recognition of his substantial achievements and public service as an MP, MSP and as Scotland's longest-serving first minister.

    "He will bow out following the most remarkable national debate and democratic renewal of our nation."

     
  3.  
    Tweet @BBCScotlandnews 17:47: Get involved

    @HughWallace74 tweets: @AlexSalmond I am sad to see you go. This was never all about you but at the same time, without you we would have been nowhere. Thank you.

     
  4.  
    Email: haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk 17:45: Get involved

    Jim Daisley from Greenock texts: "Disappointed with the result but the 1.6 million people of Scotland standing up against Westminster, banking, big business and the media, and the politics of fear, should be proud. Congratulations and well done to Alex Salmond and I agree with his decision to resign and make way for new invigorated leadership.

     
  5.  
    17:44: Law Society on Salmond

    The president of the Law Society of Scotland, Alistair Morris, said Alex Salmond's place in "our nation's political history is assured".

    He said: "His achievements cannot be underestimated, not only as the longest-serving first minister and the first to obtain an overall majority at Holyrood, but also in securing a historic referendum on independence.

    "His passion for Scotland, his commitment to creating a fairer and more prosperous society and his formidable debating skills, both at Holyrood and Westminster, have been at the heart of Scottish politics for over 30 years. He has also been a proud and effective ambassador for Scotland on the world stage."

     
  6.  
    17:42: Miliband reaction

    UK Labour leader Ed Miliband said: "Alex Salmond has been a formidable frontline politician.

    "Whatever our disagreements, he always spoke his mind and he has always stood up for what he believed in.

    "Our task now is to make sure that we deliver on the timetable we've set out, to deliver extra powers to the Scottish Parliament, and we will deliver on that."

     
  7.  
    17:41: Salmond and the press

    The Guardian's Scotland correspondent Severin Carrell tweets: Newspapers not invited to @AlexSalmond resignation press conference: Financial Times; Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Daily Express. #indyref

     
  8.  
    17:39: Miliband on further powers

    Leader of the Labour party Ed Miliband tweets: We will deliver on our promise of further powers to Scotland on the timetable set out during the referendum campaign.

     
  9.  
    17:38: Your reaction to Salmond resignation

    Iain Murdoch from Fife emailed: Thank you Alex Salmond for all you have done to take Scotland forward to this point. You thoroughly deserve any rest you will now get. You have truly placed Scotland at the forefront of UK politics.

    Alvan Judson wrote: Just read your great news that Alex Salmond is resigning. Now he can go and spend his time watching re-runs of Braveheart until he, too, is blue in the face.

     
  10.  
    Email: haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk 17:36: Get involved

    Sam Wakerley: The only thing progressive about this whole debacle is the fact we gave Scotland the vote. True progress would be one world freedom passport, one currency, one renewable energy policy & every child having basic needs taken care of, with wants allocated based on effort and attainment. Call it UKIP call it SNP, call it BNP, nationalism is ugly.

    William Wright: And the lies have begun already. Millipede is scurrying back under the bench and retracting all his promises. I wonder how long it will be before Westminster fully rejects the lies they promised?

     
  11.  
    17:33: Cameron on Salmond

    David Cameron has said: "Alex is a politician of huge talent and passion. I respect and admire his huge contribution to politics and public life."

     
  12.  
    @William_Bain 17:33: William Bain MP

    Labour MP for Glasgow North East, William Bain, tweets: Huge aspect of #indyref level of public engagement with where power lies: why UK constitutional convention proposed by @Ed_Miliband is vital

     
  13.  
    17:32: Thanks from lesbian and gay charity

    Scotland's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) equality charity, The Equality Network, said it wanted to say a "huge heartfelt thank you to Alex Salmond for significantly advancing LGBTI rights in Scotland".

    Policy coordinator Tom French said: "While more needs to be done, Alex Salmond should be incredibly proud of leading a government that has spoken out for LGBTI human rights, put in place some of the best hate crime legislation in Europe, and delivered one of the most progressive equal marriage laws in the world."

     
  14.  
    17:32: Analysis Norman Smith BBC Assistant Political Editor

    In some ways it is a shock decision but in other ways it was not really a shock given the scale of the defeat.

    In a way he must reflect that although he has improved the SNP's standing hugely - they are now in government in Scotland and they got about 45% of the vote last night - he is a man who has a lot of people who just will simply never vote for Alex Salmond. There is a limit to his appeal.

    He may take the view that he does not have that final ingredient that will get a majority of people in Scotland voting for independence.

    He says he only made the decision this morning and that probably indicates that it was the scale of the defeat that made him decide to go.

     
  15.  
    17:31: 'Tip our hats' to Salmond

    Sir Richard Branson tells the BBC News Channel that the referendum was "a great day for Britain", adding: "We should tip our hats to Alex Salmond for changing Britain for the better."

     
  16.  
    17:30: Lamont on Salmond

    Johann Lamont said Alex Salmond "should be proud of his career and not allow the manner of its ending to dominate his thinking.

    "There is no question that Nicola Sturgeon and he were a formidable team."

     
  17.  
    17:29: Salmond an 'immense figure'

    Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont says: "Alex Salmond turned a minority party into a party of opposition, into a party of government, and was responsible for there being a referendum on Scotland leaving the United Kingdom.

    "He has undoubtedly been an immense figure in Scottish political history.

    "I do not detract from his achievements when I say that his love of Scottish independence sometimes blinded him to its consequences."

     
  18.  
    17:28: 'Greatest Scottish politician of his generation'

    Former SNP leader Gordon Wilson said Alex Salmond fought a brilliant referendum campaign.

    He said: "It is not his fault that the Scottish people did not vote for independence on this occasion. The winning of 45% of the vote in the Scottish independence referendum is a superlative achievement.

    "It is a mark of Alex's integrity that he has taken personal responsibility.

    "He is undoubtedly the greatest Scottish politician of his generation."

     
  19.  
    17:27: The view from London
    Evening Standard

    The London Evening Standard - an evening paper - has splashed on David Cameron's pledge for "English votes for English laws" - this picture tweeted by the paper's political editor, Joe Murphy.

     
  20.  
    17:27: 'I wish him well'

    Mr Darling added: "He has rightly said that the referendum was a once in a lifetime event and that we all need to work to bring Scotland together.

    "He can look back with pride on being the longest serving first minister and to the huge contribution he has made to public life in Scotland.

    "I wish him well in the future."

     
  21.  
    17:26: Darling on Salmond

    Better Together campaign leader Alistair Darling said: "Alex Salmond is a formidable political figure. He transformed the SNP into a party of government and delivered their referendum on independence which they had craved so long.

    "Today he has accepted Scotland's verdict, recognising that it is for others in his party to take the SNP forward."

     
  22.  
    17:26: Salmond: No plans to withdraw

    Mr Salmond reiterates that he has no plans to withdraw or retire from political life, when asked about his future by BBC Newsnight's Kirsty Wark.

     
  23.  
    17:25: More Lamont

    Ms Lamont, who faced Mr Salmond on a weekly basis at first minister's questions, said: "I do not detract from his achievements when I say that his love of Scottish independence sometimes blinded him to its consequences.

    "He should be proud of his career and not allow the manner of its ending to dominate his thinking.

    "There is no question that Nicola Sturgeon and he were a formidable team."

     
  24.  
    17:24: Lamont on Salmond

    Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont said: "Alex Salmond turned a minority party into a party of opposition into a party of government and was responsible for there being a referendum on Scotland leaving the United Kingdom.

    "He has undoubtedly been an immense figure in Scottish political history."

     
  25.  
    17:22: More on Salmond

    London editor of news and opinion website The Daily Beast, Nico Hines, tweets: Christ, everyone is in tears at Holyrood. Incredible scenes. It's like a funeral

     
  26.  
    17:21: Salmond reaction

    MP for Glasgow Central Anas Sarwar tweets: Haven't always agreed with Alex Salmond's politics but recognise his contribution & commitment to Scotland. Wish him well for the future

     
  27.  
    17:20: Business on Salmond

    Business leaders have paid tribute to Alex Salmond, following his resignation.

    The Federation of Small Businesses, which has 20,000 members, said he had made "a huge contribution" to Scottish public life and wished him well for the future.

     
  28.  
    17:20: Davidson on Salmond

    Ruth Davidson argued that Alex Salmond's "decision to step down will help our country come back together again".

    She added: "I am pleased that the first minister says he will continue to serve in Scottish politics.

    "Scotland will benefit from his experience and service as we move forward."

     
  29.  
    17:17: Ruth Davidson statement

    Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said: "Alex Salmond has been the dominant figure in Scottish politics for the last seven years.

    "No-one can dispute his political achievements, nor fail to acknowledge his political gifts.

    "He has done the right thing in resigning.

    "While the referendum campaign has been hugely invigorating, by its very nature it has divided too."

     
  30.  
    17:15: Salmond reaction

    Shona Robison, SNP MSP for Dundee, tweets: Really sad day, but watching the resignation of @AlexSalmond as FM, he has done so in a great statesmanlike manner

     
  31.  
    17:14: 'Joint ticket' Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland

    Nicola Sturgeon would be a clear frontrunner to take over as SNP leader and first minister after Mr Salmond steps down, but the question of who would succeed Ms Sturgeon as deputy is much less clear.

    Last time round, Mr Salmond and Ms Sturgeon stood for the SNP leadership on a joint ticket.

     
  32.  
    17:13: The next SNP leader?

    In a statement, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has just said she could think of "no greater privilege" than leading the SNP, adding that the decision to stand was "not for today".

    Back in April, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon spoke to the BBC's Marianne Taylor about her life and career, and the responsibilities of power.

    Nicola Sturgeon
     
  33.  
    17:08: 'Finest first minister'

    "Alex's announcement today inevitably raises the question of whether I will be a candidate to succeed him as SNP leader," she added.

    "I can think of no greater privilege than to seek to lead the Party I joined when I was just 16. However, that decision is not for today.

    "My priority this weekend, after a long and hard campaign, is to get some rest and spend time with my family. I also want the focus over the next few days to be on the outstanding record and achievements of the finest first minister Scotland has had."

     
  34.  
    17:07: 'Personal gratitude'

    Ms Sturgeon added: "The personal debt of gratitude I owe Alex is immeasurable. He has been my friend, mentor and colleague for more than 20 years. Quite simply, I would not have been able to do what I have in politics without his constant advice, guidance and support through all these years."

     
  35.  
    17:06: Sturgeon statement

    Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "Alex Salmond's achievements as SNP leader and Scotland's first minister are second to none.

    "He led the SNP into government and has given our country a renewed self confidence. Through policies such as the council tax freeze, free prescriptions and the scrapping of tuition fees, he has made a real difference for hundreds of thousands of Scots. And yesterday he inspired 1.6 million of our fellow citizens to vote Yes to independence."

     
  36.  
    16:59: Who is Alex Salmond?
    Salmond

    Alex Salmond may not have achieved the ultimate prize of Scottish independence - and has now stood down as SNP leader and first minister - but no-one should doubt the scale of Alex Salmond's achievements, says BBC political report Brian Wheeler.

     
  37.  
    16:55: Salmond 'provides shocks'

    John Curtice, polling expert and professor of politics at Strathclyde University, says Mr Salmond "has form in providing us with shocks when it comes to the leadership of the SNP".

    "Some must remember the summer of 2000 when suddenly he announced he was standing down as leader of the SNP and was leaving the Scottish Parliament... then in the summer of 2004, he suddenly announced that in fact he was going to stand as leader again.

    "He spots opportunities and as a result of that he does provide us with shocks."

     
  38.  
    16:50: Watch Salmond speech
  39.  
    @joepike 16:44: Joe Pike of Border TV

    Joe Pike, political reporter for Border TV, tweets: Room is transfixed. Salmond's tone soft, his eyes watering. His advisers show no emotion. #indyref

     
  40.  
    @ClyesdAileen 16:42: Aileen Campbell MSP

    Aileen Campbell, SNP MSP for Clydesdale, tweets: Gutted about @AlexSalmond 's resignation - he took us to the brink of independence and gave us all the chance to decide.

     
  41.  
    16:41: Independence dead?

    When asked by the BBC's James Cook if his dream of independence is now dead, Mr Salmond says: "I think a referendum is a once in a generation process - that's my opinion."

    He goes on to say that he does not envisage another constitutional referendum in the "future we can see".

     
  42.  
    @GlasgowMSP 16:40: Bob Doris SNP

    SNP MSP or Glasgow Bob Doris tweets: It has been a privilege 2 serve under Alex Salmond. He has brought gr8 confidence 2 our nation &social progress 2 Scotland in face of UK cuts.

     
  43.  
    @glasgowcathcart 16:35: James Dornan MSP

    SNP member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Cathcart, James Dornan, tweets: Devastated to hear @AlexSalmond going to step down as SNP Leader. Without a doubt the finest politician of his generation. Thanks Boss.

     
  44.  
    16:34: Salmond resigns Douglas Fraser Business and economy editor, Scotland

    .@AlexSalmond to remain First Minister until SNP elects new leader, scheduled for mid-November SNP conference, then vote of MSPs.

     
  45.  
    16:33: Salmond: Campaign 'bigger than me'

    Asked if he was adding to the upset for friends and party members on a day that was already difficult for them, he responded: "I have consistently argued... that this was not about an individual or a political party - or any political party - this was much bigger than that."

     
  46.  
    16:31: Salmond: 'People accept result'

    "I see no sign of the divided country that some people were forecasting - 99% of people know we have elections and referendums to have a result."

    He says it's been an "invigorating process".

     
  47.  
    Tweet @bbcscotlandnews 16:29: Get Involved

    The number of tweets about the Referendum dropped to under 40,000 between 3pm and 4pm. The figure is down 7% on the previous hour.

    Top tweet in the last hour is from Alastair Ross: "BBC is reporting Labour leader Ed Miliband will not sign up to the PM's plan to give more powers to the Scottish Parliament #indyref" It was retweeted 510 times.

    Comedian Russell Brand tweeted his latest video: "Were the cards stacked against independence? 'How Westminster Fear & Media Bias Shafted Scotland' is today's Trews." It is currently the most shared video.

    You can join the conversation via #indyref, tweet @BBCPolitics or go to the BBC News page on Facebook.

     
  48.  
    16:28: 'Meaningless' James Cook Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    Alex Salmond says when he asked David Cameron about the timetable for more powers, the prime minister said it was a meaningless process.

     
  49.  
    Text 80295 16:28: Alex Salmond's resignation- Your Views

    Lorna: I was heartbroken by the No vote and the acceptance by 55% of a pig in a Westminster poke. However, Alex Salmond's stepping down has left us leaderless and at the mercy of the spivs of the city.

    Andy in Darvel: Alex Salmond has put in a good shift, fair play. Is there grounds though for holding Scottish elections early now?

     
  50.  
    16:26: Salmond questions

    Alex Salmond is continuing to take questions from journalists at Bute House in Edinburgh.

     
  51.  
    16:22: Salmond: Key quotes

    "I am immensely proud of the campaign which Yes Scotland fought and of the 1.6 million voters who rallied to that cause by backing an independent Scotland.

    "I am also proud of the 85% turnout in the referendum and the remarkable response of all of the people of Scotland who participated in this great constitutional debate and the manner in which they conducted themselves.

    "We now have the opportunity to hold Westminster's feet to the fire on the 'vow' that they have made to devolve further meaningful power to Scotland. This places Scotland in a very strong position."

     
  52.  
    16:20: Salmond: Key quotes on future

    "Until then [November] I will continue to serve as first minister. After that I will continue to offer to serve as member of the Scottish Parliament for Aberdeenshire East.

    "It has been the privilege of my life to serve Scotland as first minister. But as I said often during the referendum campaign this is not about me or the SNP. It is much more important than that.

    "The position is this. We lost the referendum vote but can still carry the political initiative. More importantly Scotland can still emerge as the real winner."

     
  53.  
    16:18: Salmond: Key quotes on resignation

    "For me right now there is a decision as to who is best placed to lead this process forward politically.

    "I believe that in this new exciting situation, redolent with possibility, party, parliament and country would benefit from new leadership.

    "Therefore I have told the National Secretary of the SNP that I will not accept nomination to be a candidate for leader at the Annual Conference in Perth on 13-15 November.

    "After the membership ballot I will stand down as first minister to allow the new leader to be elected by due parliamentary process."

     
  54.  
    16:21: Salmond: I will not retire

    "I have no intention of retiring from Scottish politics - there are a large number of things you are able to do when you're not first minister or leader of a political party."

     
  55.  
    Salmond 'had to make judgement'

    When asked his reasons for standing down, Mr Salmond says: "I had to make a judgement as to whether I'm best placed to take that opportunity forward - and I think others are.

    "And the party I'm sure will make a wise choice and take party and country forward. The most important thing is not about First Minister."

     
  56.  
    Tweet @BBCScotlandnews 16:17: Join in the conversation

    @Soulstorm99 tweets: This dark day for Scotland just keeps getting darker. Thanks for everything, @AlexSalmond. #indyref

     
  57.  
    16:12: Salmond successor

    Mr Salmond says there there are a "number of eminently qualified and very suitable candidates for leader".

     
  58.  
    16:11: Salmond 'time over'

    "We lost the referendum vote but Scotland can still carry the political initiative. For me as leader my time is nearly over but for Scotland the campaign continues and the dream shall never die."

    Alex Salmond
     
  59.  
    16:09: Breaking News

    Alex Salmond is to stand down as first minister.

     
  60.  
    16:08: Salmond speaks

    First Minister Alex Salmond, speaking to members of the media, said: "I am immensely proud of the campaign that Yes Scotland fought and particularly of the 1.6m voters who rallied to that cause."

     
  61.  
    Tweet @BBCScotlandnews 16:02: Join the conversation

    @Dilicorne tweets: @BBC_HaveYourSay @BBCWorld the fact #scottland would end-up outside of #eu must have played a role in the referendum @Number10gov

     
  62.  
    16:01: Highlights from the final day

    Watch highlights of the night Scotland decided to stay part of the union.

    BBC
     
  63.  
    16:00: Salmond press conference

    First Minister Alex Salmond's first press conference since the result is due to start shortly.

     
  64.  
    16:01: The minute Scotland knew

    Watch #BBCtrending's take on the social media reaction from Scotland's No vote.

    Voter's reaction to No result
     
  65.  
    15:55: Trident Protest Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland
    Pic

    'Yes' backers in good spirits outside parliament. A piper plays as they plan an anti-trident demo tomorrow

     
  66.  
    15:51: Miliband 'derailing' Devo plans Tim Reid Political correspondent, BBC News

    Bernard Jenkin [Conservative backbencher] accusing Ed Miliband of "derailing" PM's devo plans for England and "playing fast and loose" with the Union

     
  67.  
    Tweet @BBCScotlandnews 15:50: Get involved

    @lauraharmes tweets: I've basically been awake for 3 days. Things are getting a bit trippy #indyref

     
  68.  
    15:37: Holyrood debate Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland
    Scottish Parliament

    Crowds gather at the Scottish Parliament. Many proud independence supporters still wearing 'Yes' badges #indyref

     
  69.  
    15:35: Tears and relief

    Watch Yes and Better Together supporters giving their reaction to a No vote in the Scottish independence referendum.

    Voter reactions
     
  70.  
    15:30: The Big Debate

    One No supporter says he was very pleased when he woke up to the result but is "horrified" at the abuse he says he has been subjected to by Yes campaigners.

    "Throughout the whole campaign the nasty side of independence has come from the Yes campaign," he says, but Ms Leckie says "proportionately No has been nastier on social media".

    Moving to the more positive, an audience member says Scotland should be very proud that so many people were involved in the referendum campaign, and in politics for the first time. "The most important thing now is that we get these powers of devolution," adds the No voter.

    Another lauds the massive turnout - nearly 85% - and the passion she saw during the campaign.

    One member of the Big Debate audience gets very animated as she demands "detail, detail, detail please" on any new powers Scotland may receive.

     
  71.  
    15:29: Miliband: Debate needed Robin Brant Political Correspondent, BBC News

    Ed Miliband signals that he will not sign up to the prime minister's plan to give more power to the Scottish Parliament at the same time as trying to agree new powers for English MPs.

    While accepting the need for reforms, the Labour leader says that he wants a process of debate to begin before the general election but - crucially - he calls for a constitutional convention to finalise reform to happen later, in the autumn of 2015.

    David Cameron had earlier said changes to address the so-called English question - to allow English MPs the same powers over England-only legislation that the devolved parliament and assemblies will have in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast - "must take place in tandem with, and at the same pace as, the settlement for Scotland".

     
  72.  
    15:27: What happens next?
    A Scottish Saltire flag and British Union flag fly together with the London Eye behind in London

    BBC Scotland political reporter Andrew Black says the focus is now on how the UK government delivers its promise of more powers for the Scottish Parliament.

    He looks more closely at what we can expect next here.

     
  73.  
    15:19: Analysis Douglas Fraser Business and economy editor, Scotland

    So when is the next independence referendum? No, hang on. Stop whimpering like that. Bear with me. You may soon have withdrawal symptoms from the campaign, so why not plan for the next one?

    After all, 1.6 million people wanted Scotland to be independent - the nationalists among them irreconcilable to UK citizenship, some of them newly and passionately mobilised to the cause.

    Alex Salmond

    They may be heart-sore at losing. It will hurt all the more to have seen the opinion polls narrow to a dead heat, with momentum apparently going their way, only to see a decisive result turn against them on the night.

    But they're not going away. So what else would happen to their cause but a campaign for another referendum to give it another big heave?

    Read Douglas' full blog.

     
  74.  
    Email: haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk 15:17: Get Involved

    Garth Beecroft: The high turnout shows that people are more interested in politics & policies rather than the person, which is how it should be. It's the bickering between politicians & one-upmanship that turns people off.

    Mat Dixon: Is it just me that feels slightly annoyed by the Scots voting No? I think it was unfair that the English cannot have a vote to see if we still want to be in a union with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It seems, from my point of view, that because I am English that everyone assumes that I want to be classed as British. I really hoped that they would vote Yes then we could get on with our own business and they could get on with theirs.

    Michael Prager: England must have the same devolved powers on law making and tax-raising as the Celtic fringe of the UK. The famously unwritten constitution of the UK must be amended so that, in balance to greater devolved powers, there is a requirement that no one nation can take decisions that affect the others without a clear, say 2/3 majority across the entire UK on matters that affect the boundaries of the nation, the rule of law or the delegation of powers to non UK, supra national bodies, e.g. The EU.

     
  75.  
    15:14: 'Work starts today'

    Lord Smith of Kelvin, who has been appointed to oversee the process of devolving more powers to Scotland, says it is "time for us to come together and work together".

    Lord Smith of Kelvin

    "I have started work today and will present what I hope will be unifying recommendations on 30 November," he added.

    "There will be an opportunity for everyone to have their say. First, I will be speaking to all the UK and Scottish political parties.

    "Secondly, I will be engaging the institutions of Scotland, whether it be trade unions, businesses or voluntary organisations.

    "Lastly and most importantly, 4.2 million people in Scotland were involved in the referendum. They aren't all represented by political parties or institutions; they are individuals who have ideas and thoughts on our future. I want to reach out to them and make them an essential part of this exciting process."

     
  76.  
    Text 80295 15:10: Referendum - Your Views

    BBC News website reader: Never felt so ashamed to be Scottish. We chose subservience instead of freedom. The establishment can again celebrate that nothing has changed.

    BBC News website reader: Scottish referendum. Now treat England exactly the same. That is - establishment of an English parliament with the same powers and then a referendum on an independent England.

     
  77.  
    15:07: Breaking News

    US President Barack Obama welcomes the referendum result, congratulating the Scottish people for a "full and energetic exercise of democracy".

    "We have no closer ally than the United Kingdom, and we look forward to continuing our strong and special relationship with all the people of Great Britain and Northern Ireland as we address the challenges facing the world today," he says in a statement.

     
  78.  
    Text 80295 15:06: Referendum - Get Involved

    Derek, Scotland: Lorna, 14:07: Perhaps the old voted NO because they are experienced with detecting when a story doesn't add up. Let's not pretend this wasn't a massive endorsement of the union. YES failed to win the argument on every level.

    Tom, Glasgow: I'm angry today: angry at the dyed in the wool Labour voters who only vote Labour because they always Labour; notwithstanding the fact that their 'new Labour' party is now so far to the right and in bed with the Tories; and I'm angry at the older voters who only had their self interests at heart over the needs of young people and the future of this country.

     
  79.  
    15:04: 'Lack of rancour' Norman Smith BBC Assistant Political Editor

    It's only anecdotal - but vox popping folk in Glasgow city centre - there seems a remarkable lack of rancour over #indyref vote #lifegoeson

     
  80.  
    15:02: Welsh worries Hywel Griffith BBC Wales Health correspondent

    If David Cameron thought that offer to put Wales at the centre of the debate over a new UK would find him some friends in the Welsh Assembly this morning, he was wrong.

    Labour's Carwyn Jones, the First Minister for Wales, rounded on him pretty quickly, accusing David Cameron of almost sleepwalking into disaster over Scotland and now potentially doing the same over the rest of the UK.

    Carwyn Jones

    For two years, Jones has been calling on a UK constitutional convention. That, it seems, isn't going to happen in three months. The real problem for Welsh Labour here is two-fold: they don't have much leverage. This discussion, increasingly, is going over the relationship between Scotland and England.

    Secondly, one for the Welsh MPs. Not the West Lothian question, but the Clwyd West problem, because Labour has 26 MPs here in Wales. If you take them out of Westminster, clearly that causes a headache next May.

    So, the response to that offer from David Cameron - cool, I have to say. People do want more powers, but they want a proper seat at the table too.

     
  81.  
    14:59: Salmond delay Laura Kuenssberg BBC Newsnight

    Alex Salmond press conference has been delayed for hours...

     
  82.  
    14:58: The Result - In Maps

    While more than 1.6 million Scots voted Yes, the campaign only topped four of Scotland's 32 local authority areas.

    See the breakdown of the vote.

    map of referendum result
     
  83.  
    14:56: The issues of Northern Ireland Andy Martin BBC Ireland Correspondent

    I think the big question for Northern Ireland is can it handle any more devolution? Can it handle any more power?

    Government here in Stormont is not like anywhere else in the United Kingdom. We have a mandatory collation of five different parties. The two main parties - the DUP is a centre right unionist party, and the other party Sinn Fein is a hard left nationalist party. They don't agree on very much.

    Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness

    First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness are at loggerheads at the moment over the implementation of welfare reform which hasn't happened in Northern Ireland and as a consequence it will cost the budget here £84m this year, £114m next year.

    The question arises: if they got further tax-raising powers or if they got the ability to have more power over their financial affairs, would they be able to manage that? The one thing they do agree is corporation tax should be devolved.

    Two quotes to leave you with. Peter Robinson: "There is no point in giving the executive more powers. It is not capable of controlling the powers they have."

    And Arlene Foster, of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, says there needs to be a "huge dose of reality".

     
  84.  
    14:53: 'Wrong campaign'

    Andy Maciver, who voted No and is a panellist on The Big Debate, says it is easier to run a campaign for change than a campaign for the status quo.

    "No ran the wrong campaign for 90% of it because they ran a campaign on telling Scotland they couldn't do something which actually they could do."

     
  85.  
    14:49: 'Different place'

    Daniel Johnson, speaking on The Big Debate, says Scotland is now a "different place". He adds: "There is a sense of opportunity and a change in the air and that is actually really very exciting."

    Louise Batchelor, Yes campaigner, says she is finding it hard to be positive about the result.

    "I feel as if I'm at a funeral for an idea that could have been realised last night and wasn't and you have to do that thing that you do at a funeral for a friend of brightly smiling."

    She fears the nation is moving towards a period of "nasty politics", adding the referendum was a "wasted opportunity".

     
  86.  
    14:46: 'Not off the hook' Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland

    Scotland's local government minister, Derek Mackay, encapsulates one of the key Scottish government messages of today, that more powers must now be delivered by the UK government.

    He stops short of suggesting there'd be another independence referendum if there's any dithering, but adds: "Westminster is not off the hook".

     
  87.  
    14:45: 'Visionary' campaign

    Carolyn Leckie, former Scottish socialist MSP and member of Women for Independence, tells the Big Debate she is disappointed by the result but is "really proud" of the Yes campaign.

    "The Yes campaign in general was extremely positive, creative, visionary, inclusive, democratic, wanted to have people discussing things."

     
  88.  
    @richardbranson 14:42: Richard Branson

    Entrepreneur Richard Branson tweets: This referendum was a vote for change, and change begins today. #indyref

     
  89.  
    14:40: The Big Debate

    Gary Robertson is joined at BBC Pacific Quay by an audience of young voters and the following panel members:

    • Carolyn Leckie, a former Scottish socialist MSP who backed a Yes vote
    • Andy Maciver, former head of communications for the Conservative Party, who backed a No vote
    • Louise Batchelor, journalist who campaigned for a Yes vote
    • Daniel Johnson, from Business Together, a group who campaigned for a No vote
     
  90.  
    @benrileysmith 14:37: Ben Riley-Smith

    Daily Telegraph Scottish political reporter Ben Riley-Smith tweets: 72% of 16/17yr-olds voted Yes - more than any other age group. Polls got that completely wrong. Ballot extension didn't 'backfire' on SNP.

     
  91.  
    @AlanFisher 14:36: Alan Fisher, Al Jazeera English

    Al Jazeera English correspondent Alan Fisher tweets: I never thought I'd see a Scottish #indyref in my lifetime. I don't think I'll see another. That's how democracy works.

     
  92.  
    Email: haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk 14:34: Get Involved

    Bethan Scotford: This shows democracy at work and at its best! A historic and totally exemplary example of how Democracy is meant to work, and how democracy can work. Congratulations to all Scottish people for being so articulate and informed about the issues involved, and for turning up to vote, so that the result is truly representative of the 'will of the people'. An impressive people! They have paved the way for newer steps to be taken across Britain, in terms of political re-formation.

    Andy in Newcastle upon Tyne: I'm reminded of an analogy as we look forward to the UK continuing but with the inevitable calls for change. Whether or not to be a member of a club is an individual's choice. But what the club rules are is for all of its members to decide.

    Jase Ayathorai: To accept defeat with dignity is to be honourable. But to try to couch defeat within the context of scaremongering is an insult to the ability of Scots to think and make rational decisions!

     
  93.  
    14:33: BBC programmes

    Remember, you can keep up to date with all the latest reaction and analysis from the Scottish referendum on television, on radio and online.

    On BBC One Scotland, there are regular updates through the afternoon before a special Reporting Scotland between 18:30 and 19:30.

    Then, Sarah Smith hosts a referendum special of Scotland 2014 from 22:30.

     
  94.  
    14:28: Boris: Simmer down

    London Mayor Boris Johnson says: "I'm absolutely thrilled the country I grew up in is whole and entire and intact. It's really wonderful... what we need to do now is for everybody cool off, simmer down a bit and try to sort out some of these constitutional promises made to Scotland in a way that's totally fair to England, London and the rest of the country."

    London Mayor Boris Johnson

    Mr Johnson, who recently announced he would stand as an MP in the general election sparking speculation he is chasing David Cameron's job, adds: "We need to work out how to make sense of the promises to the Scots - the financial promises - the perpetuation of the Barnett formula for instance - in such a way that doesn't disadvantage the rest of the country and in such a way that doesn't make a nonsense of democracy at Westminster. We need to do it in a very careful way."

     
  95.  
    14:20: The Big Debate

    The Big Debate with Gary Robertson is getting under way on BBC Radio Scotland. We'll bring you a flavour of what voters have to say on the result.

     
  96.  
    14:16: All quiet Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland

    I've just arrived in a very empty Scottish Parliament building - then again it's always pretty deserted on a Friday. But things will crank up again next Tuesday when MSPs reconvene to hear First Minister Alex Salmond's next move, when he makes a statement to Holyrood.

     
  97.  
    Tweet @bbcscotlandnews 14:15: Get Involved

    The number of tweets about the Referendum has dropped to under 50,000 between 1pm and 2pm. The figure is down 13% on the previous hour.

    Top tweet in the last hour has come from Wired: "Designers everywhere thank Scotland. Long live the Union Jack, a true design masterpiece" along with a picture of the union flag. It was retweeted 311 times.

    Currently, one of the most influential accounts is New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof. He tweeted: "Scotland's 'No' Vote: A Loss for Pollsters and a Win for Betting Markets."

    You can join the conversation via #indyref, tweet @BBCPolitics or go to the BBC News page on Facebook.

     
  98.  
    @KennyMacAskill 14:10: Kenny MacAskill, SNP MSP

    SNP MSP for Edinburgh East Kenny MacAskill tweets: 1.6 million people when told No they can't by the establishment and their business and international friends said Yes we can. Proud of them.

     
  99.  
    Text 80295 14:07: Referendum - Your Views

    Elizabeth: Feel totally humiliated that, as a country, there are people still happy to let Westminster decide what happens with our revenue. Scotland, I thought, was a strong nation! Unfortunately not. Don't think Scotland could have got any worse than what it is now had we got independence. Disappointed we never got a YES!

    Alistair: The union has been given one last chance. If we, including all on the Yes side, are honest, all of the problems what we need to fix can be fixed inside the UK. The question is, will they be? We know that we will be together, time will prove whether or not we will be better. The powers that need to be devolved are those that can make Scotland more prosperous and fairer. If, in a decade or two we are not more prosperous, and we do not have a fairer society, because the powers needed to achieve these things are not devolved, the union will finally end.

    Lorna, Glasgow: I'm deeply depressed that the old voted No while the young voted Yes. So, the retired will lunch out while young working families depend on food banks.

    Anon: England should vote to decide if the ungrateful Scots should stay in Britain.

     
  100.  
    @TheEconomist 14:01: The Economist

    The weekly newspaper The Economist tweets: By shifting the debate to the West Lothian Question, David Cameron cannily puts Labour in a very sticky position.

     

Features

  • A dejected "Yes" supporter in Edinburgh 'Gutted'

    James Cook on the mood among Yes voters in Edinburgh after the referendum result


  • Salmond student politicsThe Salmond story

    The life and times of Scotland's independence leader


  • Li Na of China poses for photographers with her national flag at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne in this 28 January 2011 file photoChina's golden girl

    Trailblazing tennis star Li Na's legacy


  • Sculptures on the Tarka TrailHide and seek

    Where can you find England's hidden art?


  • Escalator7 days quiz

    Which animal fought a valiant battle against an escalator?


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.