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The moment the referendum result was announced

The result of Scotland's independence referendum was announced to the world by chief counting officer Mary Pitcaithly shortly after breakfast time.

Watch her read the final figures from the vote before confirming the country's decision to cheers at the Royal Highland Centre at Ingliston in Edinburgh:


No vote up for discussion at Hawick nursery

Parents at a nursery in Hawick say the Scottish Referendum vote has changed their children's futures.

Some parents felt proud of being part of Britain and want their children to grow up as British citizens.

Others were concerned about what powers Scotland would have in the future over things that will affect their children's lives.

Hot topics at the Mansfield Nursery gates were healthcare, house prices and education, in particular University tuition fees.

Here's what some parents told ITV Border.

Southern Scots give a resounding No to independence

The South of Scotland has delivered a clear rejection of independence, with Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders voting by almost 2 to 1 to stay in the United Kingdom.

They returned some of the biggest percentage "no" votes in Scotland, but Yes campaigners say they're proud of the campaign they fought.

Katie Hunter sums up the day so far.

Public thanked for trouble-free results night in Scotland

Police Scotland have thanked the public for a predominantly peaceful night during and following the Scottish independence referendum results.

Officers revealed that a total of six people had been arrested across the country last night, for alleged breaches of the peace and assaults, but that the night had otherwise passed peacefully.

"It is to everyone's credit that they remained calm on a day of potentially high emotion and co-operated fully with our Police Officers and also the staff at Polling Places on a day when record numbers turned out to vote.

"This meant the ballot and count passed off smoothly and there were just a very few isolated incidents across the country involving a small number of alleged offences."

– Police Scotland spokesperson


Cumbria Chamber of Commerce reacts to No vote

Cumbria's Chamber of Commerce has vowed to do more for local businesses in a post-referendum world Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Cumbria's Chamber of Commerce have released a statement detailing their reaction to today's news that it is a No vote from Scots against independence.

The chamber have voiced their relief at the outcome, and hopes for the future of business with its northern neighbours across the border.

"The voters of Scotland have spoken. Their historic decision to remain part of the UK will be a relief to many businesspeople and a disappointment to others.

"Uncertainty is always disruptive to business so this can't simply be the first in a series of referenda until one side or the other gets the result that it wants.

"That said, businesspeople all across the UK have long known that the referendum would be the start, rather than the end, of a process of change. Businesses will now expect Westminster and Holyrood to reach a devolution settlement that is clear, fair to both sides and swiftly executed.

"Any devolution deal for Scotland should trigger a new debate on local autonomy in England, giving local businesspeople more influence over how their taxes are spent and how business growth is supported. Local businesses deserve a say in how a new, less centralised UK is governed in the future.

"What we need to do now is to focus more than ever on how economic growth can be supported and further stimulated here in Cumbria."

– Cumbria Chamber of Commerce
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Sturgeon: Scotland has changed forever

Scotland has "changed forever" as a result of the independence referendum, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Borderers called for 'change of culture, not country'

John Lamont has added his name to the list of Borders politicians celebrating a No vote in the Scottish independence referendum.

The Borders MSP said voters in the South of Scotland had called for a "change of culture, not change of country", and that people from both sides of the divide would now have to join together to make a better Scotland.

“I am absolutely delighted that Borderers, like their fellow Scots have overwhelmingly said ‘No Thanks’ to separation.

“The Borders have called for a change of culture, not a change of country.

"We need to move on from the constitutional debate and come together for the future of Scotland."

– John Lamont MSP
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