Scotland has voted in favour of staying as part of the United Kingdom in the referendum conducted yesterday. Scotland's final verdict on the union should be clear within a few hours but 54 % voters have said No to the move and this figure could rise. The Pound Sterling rose sharply as unionist campaigners clapped and cheered to the result.
The independence campaign had energized this country of 53 lakh but also divided friends and families from the remote Scottish islands of the Atlantic to the tough city of Glasgow. Breaking apart from the UK had worried allies, investors and the entire British elite. The unionists had warned independence would result in financial, economic and political uncertainty and diminish the UK's standing globally. Beyond money and power, the referendum has ignited deep passions.