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Cameron 'contemplated having to go' if Scotland voted Yes

David Cameron has admitted he "contemplated having to go" if Scotland voted for independence.

The Prime Minister said he would have been "heartbroken" by the break-up of the UK and considered his position when polls put the Yes campaign ahead just days before the referendum.

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EC President: Scotland 'No' vote good for Europe

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has welcomed Scotland's rejection of independence as positive for Europe.

Barroso said Scots had shown a commitment to the EU throughout the referendum build-up. Credit: Wiktor Dabkowski/DPA

"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."

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