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The region reacts to a No vote for independence

Cumbria is a county that has many geographical similarities with Southern Scotland, but many differences too.

People cross the border every day in both directions for work, pleasure and to do business, and because of that today's result was also being keenly viewed south of the border.

Hannah McNulty reports.

Scottish First Minister announces his exit from the top

The result of the Scottish independence referendum was a huge blow for the Yes campaign this morning, worsened by the announcement this afternoon that the man who made it all possible - Alex Salmond - will step down in November.

ITV Border's Political Editor Peter MacMahon was at the press conference where Salmond announced his exit from the top of the SNP leadership, and from his office as First Minister.

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Darling: Alex Salmond was 'a formidable political figure'

Alistair Darling, speaking earlier today Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Alistair Darling has praised Alex Salmond for the "huge contribution he has made to public life in Scotland." The leader of the Better Together campaign was speaking after the Scottish First Minister made the announcement he will step down in November.

"Alex Salmond is a formidable political figure. He transformed the SNP into a party of government and delivered their referendum on independence which they had craved so long. "Today he has accepted Scotland's verdict, recognising that it is for others in his party to take the SNP forward. "He has rightly said that the referendum was a once-in-a-lifetime event and that we all need to work to bring Scotland together. "He can look back with pride on being the longest-serving First Minister and to the huge contribution he has made to public life in Scotland. I wish him well in the future."

– Alistair Darling MP
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