19 September 2014 - Scotland says NO
Alex Salmond accepts defeat and presses for new Holyrood powers
Severin Carrell (The Guardian)
Alex Salmond has put Westminster on notice that Scottish voters expect the UK's main political parties to deliver on their pledge to quickly introduce new powers for Holyrood, after accepting defeat in the referendum.
Thirty months after launching the pro-independence campaign, the first minister of Scotland conceded that his opponents had won the referendum, with the final result expected to put the no vote at 55%.
In a dignified speech to a solemn Scottish National party (SNP) rally in Edinburgh, Salmond said that although the Highland region had yet to declare, "we know that there's going to be a majority for the no campaign. And it is important to say that our referendum was an agreed and consented process and Scotland has, by a majority, decided not at this stage to become an independent country. And I accept that verdict of the people. And I call on all of Scotland to follow suit in accepting the democratic verdict of the people of Scotland."
Jill Treanor (The Guardian)
Big gains were predicted for the stock market with sterling soaring on the foreign exchange markets in a rally sparked by the news that Scotland has rejected a break away from the rest of the UK.
In overnight trading in Asian markets, sterling touched a new two-year high against the euro and a further rally is now expected when dealing opens in London.
The FTSE 100 was expected to open 80 points higher at around 6,900 – close to its all time peak of 6,950.6 reached in 1999.
"The UK economy, most businesses and the markets will likely all heave a huge sigh of relief that the Scots have rejected independence – and by a slightly larger margin than the recent polls had suggested," said Howard Archer, chief European and UK economist at IHS Economics. "There would likely have been serious adverse near-term repercussions for the economy both south of the border and particularly in Scotland from a yes vote."
Staff (The Daily Record)
"Can I say thank-you for that reception but above all thank-you to Scotland for 1.6 million votes for Scottish independence.
"Our friends in the Highlands of Scotland are still to speak so the final results aren't in, but we know there is going to be a majority for the No campaign.
"It is important to say that our referendum was an agreed and consented process and Scotland has by a majority decided not, at this stage, to become an independent country.
"I accept that verdict of the people and I call on all of Scotland to follow suit in accepting the democratic verdict of the people of Scotland...
Karen McVeigh (the Guardian)
Waking up on Friday morning, for millions of Scots, will produce the kind of mixture of gut-wrenching anxiety tinged with excitement normally felt among football fans before an important game. Then there will be a range of emotions from euphoria on one side to anger and bitter disappointment on the other.
Those who stayed up through the night for the result may feel it all the more.
David Williams, a chartered occupational psychologist specialising in change in communities and organisations, said the nation could be subject to a rollercoaster transition period, which could last for a year or longer due to the unprecedented levels of engagement reported in the Scottish referendum campaign.
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"19 September 2014 - Scotland says NO", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), septembre 2014. Consulté le 29/11/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/key-story/archives-revue-de-presse-2014/19-september-2014-scotland-says-no