Date
23 September 2017
British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks to reporters in London Friday after Scottish voters rejected independence in a historic referendum. Photo: Reuters
British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks to reporters in London Friday after Scottish voters rejected independence in a historic referendum. Photo: Reuters

Scottish independence issue ‘settled’; no re-runs: Cameron

The question of Scottish independence has been settled for a generation, and there can be “no disputes, no re-runs” on the ballot, British Prime Minister David Cameron said after Scots voted to keep a 307-year union with the United Kingdom in a historic referendum Thursday. 

“The people of Scotland have spoken and it is a clear result,” Cameron said on Friday outside his official residence in London. “They have kept our country of four nations together.”

“There can be no disputes, no re-runs, we have heard the settled will of the Scottish people,” he said, according to Reuters.

It is now time “for our United Kingdom to come together and to move forward”, Cameron said.

The comments came after unionists won 55 percent of the vote in Thursday’s referendum, saving the United Kingdom from being broken apart.

Scottish nationalist leader Alex Salmond conceded defeat in Edinburgh.

 

“Scotland has by a majority decided not, at this stage, to become an independent country. I accept that verdict of the people and I call on all of Scotland to follow suit in accepting the democratic verdict of the people of Scotland,” he said.

 

Following the Scottish vote, the British pound strengthened sharply against the dollar and the euro, and equity prices also rose in London, Reuters reported. 

 

Though the break up of the United Kingdom has been avoided, Britain’s rulers admit the Scottish vote will lead to a reshaped union.

 

Salmond laced his concession speech with a warning to British politicians in London that they must respect their last minute promise of more powers for Scotland.

 

“Scotland will expect these to be honored in rapid course,” he said.

 

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