Scotland votes 'no': political analysis

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Scotland votes 'no': political analysis
19th September 2014

As the news broke that the 'no' campaign had secured a historic victory in the Scottish independence referendum, we had a variety of analysts on hand to break down the political consequences of the night's events. 

The Evening Standard's Political Correspondent, Joe Watts, gave his reaction to the result as it broke just after 6:00am on Friday morning.

He explained his belief that “political turmoil” that will be caused in the UK, as the three major political parties attempt to come to an agreement on how power will be devolved to Scotland.  



Independent Digital Editor, Christian Broughton, gave his initial reaction to the voting. Although the result was not official at this point, it had become clear the ‘no’ vote was coming out and top.

He points out the significance of the ‘yes’ campaign’s victory margin in Glasgow being dwarfed by the ‘no’ campaign’s dominance in Edinburgh. 



Journalist Rupert Myers gave his reaction moments after the result was made official. He suggested that many would have been surprised by the size of the winning majority the ‘yes’ campaign secured.

Despite the fact that the result will have come as a relief to David Cameron, he points to the problems Cameron could now face from his backbenchers over the fact that Scottish MPs are still able to vote on issues that only affect London.   



Christian Broughton later picked out the key words from the speeches David Cameron and Alex Salmond made in reaction to the results.

Despite the defeat, Salmond pointed to the large number of Scottish people that were in favour of independence, but advised those who backed his campaign to accept defeat gracefully. 



Having soaked in some of the reaction which followed the results, Myers summed up the morning’s events, including his view on Nigel Farage’s criticisms of David Cameron. ‚Äč

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