It was announced on Friday morning that the vote for Scottish Independence from the United Kingdom was a no go.
According to the Washington Post, 55 percent of the votes were for “no” overpowering the 45 percent for “yes.” The vote means that the 307-year union between Scotland and the United Kingdom will remain, and while many were celebrating, there are some repercussions for this.
Take for example Scotland’s First Prime Minister Alex Salmond. The New York Times reports that Salmond has decided to step down from his position after his campaign to gain independence failed. “Today the point is this,” Salmond said in a statement. “The real guardians of progress are not the politicians at Westminster, or even at Holyrood, but the energized activism of tens of thousands of people who I predict will refuse meekly to go back into the political shadows.” He continued, “For me right now, therefore, there is a decision as to who is best placed to lead this process forward politically. I believe that in this new, exciting situation, redolent with possibility, party, Parliament and country would benefit from new leadership.”
The United Kingdom, particularly Prime Minister David Cameron, will now have to try and heal the wounds that originally caused the referendum to happen in the first place. Cameron released a statement saying he was happy (we bet) that the outcome was no. “The people of Scotland have spoken,” Cameron said. “They have kept our country of four nations together, and like millions of other people, I am delighted.”
Queen Elizabeth also released a statement saying, “Now, as we move forward, we should remember that despite the range of views that have been expressed, we have in common an enduring love of Scotland, which is one of the things that helps to unite us all.”
It’s definitely going to be a long road ahead for Britain and Scotland, but here’s hoping that things stay civil.