Scotland has voted against independence from the United Kingdom after a hard fought and passionate campaign.
It was a vote that threatened to break up a centuries old union, with far reaching consequences for Britain’s standing in the wider world.
Opinion polls had suggested a contest too close to call but in the end it was a convincing result.
The No campaign secured 55.3 percent of the vote while the pro-independence Yes camp polled 44.7 percent.
Turnout was 84.6 percent – the highest ever for an election in Britain, reflecting the depth of feeling surrounding the issue.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said: “The people of Scotland have spoken and it is a clear result. They have kept our country of four nations together.”
He also pledged he would live up to promises made in the run-up to the vote, something Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond said he would hold him to.
Salmond said: “Unionist parties made vows late in the campaign to devolve more powers to Scotland. Scotland will expect these to be honoured in a rapid course.”
Cameron also spoke of a “new and fair settlement” that would affect not only Scotland, but also England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
So has the referendum left the UK more united? Or will it mark the start of a new era of self-rule and self-interest?
Presenter – Mike Hanna
Simon Pia – a journalist with the Scotsman newspaper, and adviser to two former Scottish Labour leaders who supported the No vote.
Kat Heathcote – a publishing group director who supported the Yes vote on behalf of Scottish business.
Jan Randolph – director of Sovereign Risk Analysis at IHS Global Insight.