"No" Prevails In Scottish Statehood Referendum

Sept. 19, 2014, 1:50 p.m.

The referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country from the United Kingdom (UK) was held on Thursday 18 September 2014. The ballot measure read: “Should Scotland be an Independent Country?”[i] Scotland’s Electoral Commission, citing the final results, announced that the “No” option prevailed, thus Scottish voters chose to stay a part of the UK.[ii] The finals results of the vote were: 55.3 percent or 2,001,926 people voted no and 44.7 percent or 1,617,989 people voted yes. Turnout was 84.6 percent of eligible voters, while 4,283,392 people registered to vote.[iii] The UK’s leaders, including those from the Labour and Liberal Democratic parties, had campaigned against Scottish independence, but UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, of the Conservative party, offered more powers to the Scottish parliament if people voted no.[iv]


[i] http://www.electionguide.org/elections/id/204/

[ii] http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/20/world/europe/scotland-independence-vote-no.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=LedeSumLargeMedia&module=a-lede-package-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

[iii] http://scotlandreferendum.info/

[iv] http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/20/world/europe/scotland-independence-vote-no.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=LedeSumLargeMedia&module=a-lede-package-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

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