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Last updated at 14:39 BST, Friday, 19 September 2014

Scotland votes 'No'

Summary

19 September 2014

Scotland has voted to stay in the United Kingdom. Around 85% of voters turned out to vote in the referendum. A total of 2,001,926 people voted 'No' to independence, whilst 1,617,989 voted 'Yes'.

Reporter:

Rob Watson

Scottish and UK flags

85% of voters took part in the referendum

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It's been history in the making.

The people of Scotland have decided to continue their 300-year union with England. So the UK survives.

Pro-independence campaigners say they're disappointed, but insist the high turnout shows there's an appetite for change. Few would disagree, and accept the result doesn't mean Britain goes back to business as usual.

In the hours and days ahead, the Prime Minister David Cameron and the other party leaders will now have to deliver on their promise in the last days of the campaign to give Scotland more powers.

And no-one believes that can be done without a wider shake-up of how the rest of the UK is governed.

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Vocabulary

history in the making

a very important event happening now

union

the state of being together

turnout

(here) the number of people who go to vote

appetite for change

desire or feeling for change

business as usual

(phrase) said when things continue in the same way as before

deliver

to achieve something that has been offered or promised

shake-up

big change