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So on September 18th Scotland decided – decisively – not to become an independent country. Over 80% of voters turned out, and 55% of them voted No. The final weeks of campaigning, discussing, researching resulted in a victory for the democratic process, in the highest turnout since 1959. People are no longer disengaged from politics, and turned out in their millions to demonstrate that they cared enough about the future of their country to let their voices be heard.

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After the all-night event at the ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland Hub, Richard Parry gives initial reflections on what the result means for devolution policy.

In the long run of the referendum campaign, a Yes vote matching the SNP’s vote on the 2011 elections (45% constituency, 44% list) was a totally respectable outcome, giving the SNP a constitutional credibility to go alongside their policy credibility in government. The home rule journey continues, based on impressive cohesion and passion of the Yes side.

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Charlie Jeffery provides a quick assessment of the morning's events and the indyref result, in the first of his analyses today. 

So now we know. Scottish voters have made the momentous decision to remain within the UK.

Amid the celebrations on one side and what for many will be a deep sense of disappointment on the other, what happens now?

We have heard the initial reactions of the First Minister as he conceded defeat and Alistair Darling celebrating victory. Both have lauded the high turnout. We will be hearing from the Prime Minister shortly.

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