Let us also remember why it was right to ask the definitive question; yes or no. Because now the debate has been settled for a generation.
In an official statement today Prime Minister David Cameron talked of a "balanced settlement" for the people of Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
He said: "Just with other big issues it is right to take and not to duck the big decision."
The debate has created some deep divisions in our country... some people have felt unable to speak except through the ballot box.
A turnout of 86%... this has been a triumph for the democratic process and participation in politics.
Alex Salmond has delivered a speech in Edinburgh, conceding defeat he said, he "accepts the verdict of the people".
Watch the official statement:
Two years after it was decided to hold a referendum and after months of campaigning the votes have been cast and are currently being counted.
Will Scotland become an independent country? Find out the results of the vote here...
After two years of preparation the largest vote in Scotland's history has taken place to determine the country's future as an independent state or to remain part of the United Kingdom.
Today in a very special edition of Good Morning Britain we're live from Edinburgh as the results come in. We'll have reaction from Labour MP Margaret Curran, as well as Peter Bone MP for Wellingborough and William Hague, plus UKIP leader Nigel Farage. Plus we'll have all the reaction from the voters, the Yes and No camps and the celebrities who have spoken out about the vote.