It’s a NO for Scottish independence
Posted: Sep 19, 2014
The people of Scotland have spoken. It is a clear result. They have kept our country of four nations together.
Like millions of other people, I’m delighted. It would have broken my heart to see our United Kingdom come to an end.
And that sentiment was shared by people not just across our country, but also around the world – because of what we’ve achieved together in the past and what we can do together in the future.
So now it is time for our United Kingdom to come together, and to move forward.
We have a chance – a great opportunity – to change the way the British people are governed, and change it for the better.
Political leaders on all sides must work together to advance the interests of people in Scotland, as well as those in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Because it is absolutely right that a new and fair settlement for Scotland should be accompanied by a new and fair settlement that applies to all parts of the United Kingdom.
I have long believed that a crucial part missing from this national discussion is England.
We have heard the voice of Scotland – and now the millions of voices of England must not go ignored.
So, just as Scotland will vote separately in the Scottish Parliament on their issues of tax, spending and welfare, so too England, as well as Wales and Northern Ireland, should be able to vote on these issues – and all this must take place in tandem with, and at the same pace as, the settlement for Scotland.
This referendum has caught the imagination of people across the whole of our United Kingdom.
Now we must look forward, and turn this into the moment when everyone – whichever way they voted – comes together to build a better, brighter future for our entire United Kingdom.
With the results in from all 32 council areas, the “No” side won with 2,001,926 (55%) votes over 1,617,989 (45%) for “Yes”.
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