Scotland votes “No”

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Voters wait for results outside of the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh.

The results of the Scottish independence referendum are in, and the answer is a resounding “no.”

The referendum asked only a single question: Should Scotland become an independent country? Scottish voters have decided, by a large margin, that it should not. After all of the ballots were counted, “no” had taken 55.3% of the vote, and “yes” only 44.7%.

Alex Salmond, the First Minister of Scotland and leader of the independence campaign, conceded defeat, and called on “all of Scotland to follow suit in accepting the democratic verdict of the people of Scotland.”

Heading into Thursday’s vote, the polls had been too close to call. Most suggested a small edge for the “No” campaign, but by narrow enough margins — and with enough questions about whether the surveys were representative — that the world was left in doubt about what the final result would be. Now we know: Scotland will not become independent after all.