Scots Reject Independence in Referendum

A majority of Scots votes against independence from Britain. Read our live coverage of the referendum.

View of the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland, November 16, 2011
View of the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland, November 16, 2011 (Wikimedia Commons/Ronnie Macdonald)
  • 55 percent of Scots have voted against separating from the United Kingdom in a referendum.
  • Turnout was 84 percent, or 3.6 million.
  • Most British newspapers had advised against independence, pointing to the economic risks and loss of international stature.
  • Scottish independence could have made it more likely that the rest of Britain would leave the European Union. Scots are more pro-EU than the English.
  • Prime Minister David Cameron has called for a “balanced settlement” that is fair to both Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom.

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