The much-anticipated referendum poll for independence finally came on Sept. 18 in Scotland, after years of campaigning, and Scots gave their verdict.
It’s a firm no.
A majority of Scots decided they do not want independence, much to the dismay of the "yes" campaigners who wanted to end to Scotland’s 305-year-old political union with England.
Here are the official results.
Despite his camp suffering defeat, the First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond remained hopeful about whatever comes next.
In an emotional address, the Scottish National Party leader reacted to the final results, saying he accepted "the democratic verdict of the people" and called on everyone else to "do the same" as he conceded defeat in his fight for Scottish independence.
Here’s the reaction from both anti- and pro-independence camps:
I've spoken to Alistair Darling - and congratulated him on an well-fought campaign. #indyref— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) September 19, 2014
An extraordinary night. Humbled by the level of support and the efforts of our volunteers. Will give speech in Glasgow shortly. #indyref— Alistair Darling (@TogetherDarling) September 19, 2014
#indyref Been up all night watching Scotland make history. A huge turnout, a peaceful democratic process: we should be proud.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 19, 2014
Let's not dwell on the distance we've fallen short - let us dwell on the distance we have travelled— Alex Salmond (@AlexSalmond) September 19, 2014
You, the Yes campaign, are the bravest people we know. And it's been a privilege to campaign alongside you. The cause continues.— National Collective (@WeAreNational) September 19, 2014
Please @YesScotland on behalf of millions in the country, don't give up the pursuit of Scottish Independence! It will happen one day.— Alister McLeod (@SugarRayMcLeod) September 19, 2014
And here's the general public reaction: