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The Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond, and the Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, led the independence campaign

The Scottish independence referendum, 2014 is a referendum which decided whether Scotland would be an independent country or would stay a member of the United Kingdom. The voting took place on 18 September 2014.

The result was that Scotland should stay as part of the United Kingdom.

The YES campaign

The YES campaign was led by the Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond. He resigned after the vote. Supporters of the YES campaign wanted Scotland to be an independent country.

The NO campaign

Supporters of the NO campaign wanted Scotland to stay a part of the United Kingdom.

The United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron, deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband all wanted Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom. Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has also been campaigning for Scotland to remain part of the UK.


Should Scotland be an independent country?

  • No = 55.3% (2,001,926 votes)
  • Yes = 44.7% (1,617,989 votes)
  • total votes = 3,623,344
  • electorate = 4,283,392

Result: Scotland remains part of the United Kingdom.

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