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 counted.
The final independence result was Yes with 44.7% of the vote and No at 55.3%, the turnout was 84.51%.
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.
Thanks to acts of devolution in 1998 and 2012, the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood controls:
In 2013 the Scottish government published "Scotland's Future: Your Guide To An Independent Scotland" on what an independent Scotland would like and its relationship with the rest of the UK and EU.
The plans include:
The head of polling company YouGov said he was "99% certain" a victory for the pro-union No camp.
In an interview with Sky News, Peter Kellner said: "Now, at the obvious risk of looking like a complete prat in about eight hours time, I would say it's a 99% certainty it's a No victory."
He said his judgement was based in a survey of 1,828 people after they had voted, in addition to postal votes showing a 54% majority for No.