LONDON, United Kingdom – Scotland has voted to remain in the United Kingdom. In a result that will bring a sigh of relief to many in Britain, Europe and the wider world, the ‘No’ campaign is on course to win the Scottish independence referendum on a projected margin of 55 percent to 45 percent. Although polls in the run-up to voting had given the ‘No’ campaign a narrow lead, many said the result would be too close to call, and with the ‘Yes’ side gaining ground, an upset still looked possible. But over the course of an initially tense night, as council after council declared in favour of ‘No’, it became clear that this would be a comfortable victory for the pro-Union campaign. Although ‘Yes’ strongholds of Dundee and Glasgow declared in favour of independence, the nationalists did not win these by a big enough margin to swing the national vote. One of the biggest surprises was the ‘No’ victory in the Western Isles, which is a largely Gaelic-speaking area and has a history of electing SNP representatives. Following a pledge by the leaders of the three main UK parties, negotiations are now likely to begin over a new level
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