LONDON, Sept 19 � Scots today rejected independence in a historic referendum and decided to remain in a 307-year-old union with the United Kingdom, in a relief to Prime Minister David Cameron, reports PTI.
With 30 out of Scotland�s 32 council areas having declared, the �No� side has an unbeatable lead of 1,877,252 votes to 1,512,688, official results confirmed today.
The winning total needed was 1,852,828 and nationally, the margin of victory is about 55 per cent to 45 per cent. This margin of victory is some three points greater than that anticipated by the final opinion polls.
The vote is the culmination of a two-year campaign and talks will now begin on devolving more powers to Scotland, which had joined the United Kingdom in 1707.
Glasgow, Scotland�s largest council area and the third largest city in Britain, voted in favour of independence by 194,779 to 169,347, with Dundee, West Dunbartonshire and North Lanarkshire also voting �Yes�. But Edinburgh, the nation�s capital, rejected independence by 194,638 to 123,927, while Aberdeen City voted �No� by a margin of more than 20,000 votes.
There have also been big wins for the pro-UK campaign in many other areas.