Referendum: The night Scotland said No

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With the eyes of the world watching, Scotland delivered a No verdict on the question of independence last night.

Chief counting officer Mary Pitcaithly announced the final, official, result this morning, but the likely outcome became apparent hours earlier as the mood in the Yes camp became gradually more muted.

Chief Counting Officer Mary Pitcaithly announces that Scotland has said 'NO' to Independence

Chief Counting Officer Mary Pitcaithly announces that Scotland has said 'NO' to Independence

There were twists and turns along the way - the gap narrowing dramatically to 49.1%-50.1% after the Dundee declaration at around 4am.

By the time Midlothian and East Lothian delivered their verdicts minutes later - and virtually back to back - the writing was on the wall.

The real victor in yesterday’s referendum - and the campaign in general - is democracy itself.

Eighty four per cent of those entitled to vote turned out to do so - a record high for any election held in the United Kingdom since the introduction of universal suffrage in 1918.

The final result was Yes: 1,617,989 (45%)

No: 2,001,926 (55%).

Turnout: 84.5%.

Dundee, Glasgow N Lanarkshire & W Dunbartonshire said Yes.

Everywhere else voted No.

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