The results are in for the Scottish Referendum
Scotland rejects its independence
After Thursday's vote, with 30 out of the country's 32 council areas having declared 'Yes' for change, the 'No' side has an unassailable lead of 1,877,252 votes to 1,512,688.
The winning total needed was 1,852,828 and nationally, the margin of victory was about 55% to 45%. The vote is the culmination of a two-year campaign and now talks will begin on devolving more powers to Scotland.
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond – who led the pro-independence "Yes" campaign – is expected to make a statement from his official residence at Bute House in Edinburgh today.