With 31 of the country’s 32 council areas having declared after Thursday’s vote, the “No” has a majority lead of over 55% (55.3%), while “Yes” over 44% (44.7%).
David Cameron, Prime Minister of the UK stated: “Now the debate has been settled for a generation. There can be no disputes. No rewrites.”
Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland said: “I accept verdict of the people and call on all of Scotland to follow suit.”
He added that it is a campaign that has “touched sections of the community than have never before been touched by politics”.
He also stated that Scotland expects the promises of further devolution by Unionist parties “to be honoured in rapid course,” and that he would “work constructively in the interests of Scotland and the rest of the UK.
“Let’s not dwell on the distance we’ve fallen short – let us dwell on the distance we have travelled,” he concluded.
Yes campaigners however won in Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow, by 53% to 47%, winning 54% in West Dunbartonshire and landing a convincing 57% win in Dundee.
But Edinburgh, the nation’s capital, rejected independence with 61.1%, and Aberdeenshire with 60.4%.
While Glasgow, Scotland’s most populous city, voted in favour, the margin of victory sufficient to swing the national vote to Yes.
Johann Lamont , leader of Scottish Labour said: “[I’m] delighted that Scots have voted for better, faster, safer change as part of the UK.
“Let’s begin fixing the divides in our society.”
Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister said there was a “real sense of disappointment that we have fallen narrowly short of securing a Yes vote … but the overwhelming majority of people want change.”
Out lesbian leader of the Scottish Conservative Party stated: “Scotland had the biggest, broadest conversation about our future. We have to come together again and move forward together. It’s all our home.”
Out bisexual MSP, Patrick Harvie, of Scottish Greens stated: “Well the result looks disappointing. But losing the energy & motivation of people who’ve become re-engaged in politics would be even worse.”
Out gay Councillor Gordon Matheson, the Leader of Glasgow City Council, said:
“This has been a long and hard fought campaign which has engaged a record number of Glaswegians. We must all accept the democratic decision of the Scottish people and move on.
“While the referendum has been divisive, both sides agree that political change is needed. This requires all parties and broader civic society to be involved in the discussions that will follow. My priority will be to ensure that Glasgow receives additional powers and resources so that we can succeed as an economic powerhouse and address the persistent health and social inequalities that we face.
“The UK and Scotland will emerge stronger if the role and status of cities increasingly take centre stage, rather than centralising powers at Holyrood and Westminster. This is Glasgow’s agenda and one that we share with our sister cities throughout Britain.”
Speaking with KaleidoScot, human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell, who supported a Yes vote, said: “Well done Scotland. The Scottish people showed the rest of the UK how to reignite mass political engagement and debate.
“They made Westminster politics look boring, remote & elitist. Despite the no vote, the whole of the UK still needs democratic reform; including a written constitution, elected House of Lords, proportional representation and a federal system with regional government in England.
“Scotland has opened a debate about what kind of society we want to be. That debate must continue and lead to democratic reform and renewal throughout the UK,” added Tatchell.
A majority of LGBTI Scots have said in a poll conducted by KaleidoScot they would vote for independence, all party leaders stated their commitment to LGBTI equality in Scotland and some have called for increased powers in the case of the No vote.