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“The decision by the Scottish people to remain within the United Kingdom, while deeply disappointing to many, will be welcomed by all those who believe that this country can continue to be an example of how different nations can work together for the common good within one state.
“This is a moment for reconciliation and healing not rejoicing or recrimination. Some of the wounds opened up in recent months are likely to take time to heal on both sides of the border.
“The historically close relationships that have existed between the Scottish Episcopal Church, the Church of Scotland and the Church of England and our long involvement in mediation have a contribution to make as our societies not only reflect on the lessons of the referendum campaign but engage in delivering the radical restructuring of the relationship between Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom for which commitments have been made.”
by Richard Halifax, Press. via The Press Association 9/19/2014 6:45:24 AM
Hollywood star Alan Cumming urged fellow Yes voters not to give up campaigning for more powers for Scotland following the defeat.
He tweeted this morning: “My YES friends, let’s turn our passion towards ensuring the Devo Max promises the Westminster establishment have made to us are delivered.”
He later added: “Yes still means something. Please try to remember that.”
The X Men actor, originally from Aberfeldy in Perthshire, had previously joined Scotland’s Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on the campaign trail for an independent Scotland.
by Richard Halifax, Press. 9/19/2014 6:51:39 AM
And Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, whose party threw its weight behind the Yes campaign, said the status quo could no longer remain.
“Wales can no longer be a spectator in its own national journey,” she said.
“The Westminster parties made specific vows during the referendum campaign and in Wales the London parties have suggested a change of pace in terms of decentralising power to the people of Wales.
“Any offers to Scotland must be offered to Wales too. That’s the very minimum we should expect.
“Wales should not be treated as second class to Scotland.”
by Richard Halifax, Press. via The Press Association 9/19/2014 7:06:32 AM
He said: “The English are 86% by population of this Union. They’ve been left out of all of this for the last 18 years. We still have a situation where Scottish MPs can vote in the House of Commons on English only issues. I think what most English people want is a fair settlement.
“Mr Cameron this morning, as a last minute measure yet again, has decided to put William Hague in charge of a committee to try to cobble together a solution.
“We had better get a constitutional convention set up PDQ (pretty damn quick), so we can get the best constitutional brains in this country working on it. I don’t think William Hague and a committee can work this out. I think we need a proper, open debate.”
by Richard Halifax, Press. 9/19/2014 7:28:05 AM
Asked how English MPs could be given the ability to vote on English affairs without undermining the House of Commons, Mr Farage said: “My suggestion would be that we do it within that building, that we have days when Scottish, Irish and Welsh MPs are not in the chamber and not voting, so we have an English parliament and we do it within the Palace of Westminster. I think that rather than going to Shrewsbury and building a new building is the right way to do it.”
by Richard Halifax, Press. via The Press Association 9/19/2014 7:29:13 AM
The participation rate of 84.5% topped the previous best of 83.9% recorded in the 1950 general election and dwarfed the tallies in recent Westminster polls, which saw 65.1% vote in 2010 and 61.4% in 2005.
The total 3,619,915 will have included many voters who had never cast their ballot before or had stayed away from the polling booths for many years.
The poll also marked a historic breakthrough by allowing 16 and 17 year olds to vote in a national election for the first time something which campaigners including Labour shadow cabinet minister Jim Murphy said should be extended to general elections.
by Richard Halifax, Press. via The Press Association 9/19/2014 7:30:13 AM
Turnout was elevated across Scotland as the electorate engaged enthusiastically in what both sides described as a “once in a generation” opportunity to shape the future of their nation.
But particular highs were recorded in East Dunbartonshire (91%), East Renfrewshire (90.4%) and Stirling (90.1%).
Relatively fewer people went to the polls in the urban strongholds where Yes Scotland was relying upon large numbers of supporters to turn out, such as Glasgow (75%) and Dundee (78.8%).