European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has welcomed Scotland's rejection of independence as positive for Europe.
"I welcome the decision of the Scottish people to maintain the unity of the United Kingdom," Barroso said. "This outcome is good for the united, open and stronger Europe that the European Commission stands for."
In a remark apparently aimed at calls in Britain, especially in England, for a break with the EU, he added: "The European Commission welcomes the fact that during the debate over the past years, the Scottish government and the Scottish people have repeatedly reaffirmed their European commitment.
"The European Commission will continue to engage in a constructive dialogue with the Scottish government, in areas under its responsibility, that are important to Scotland's future, including jobs and growth, energy, climate change and the environment, and smarter regulation."
The woman expected to replace Salmond said she will "follow the mood of the people" if promises made in the run up to the vote are not met.
The double Grand Slam winner said he did not regret giving his opinion, but was 'disappointed' at the way he went about it.
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