Pro-independence Scots saddened by vote outcome

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 19, 2014 at 2:11 p.m.



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EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — There's disappointment among the people who voted yesterday for Scotland to leave the United Kingdom and become an independent country. The proposal was rejected -- 55 percent to 45 percent.

One truck driver in Edinburgh who voted for independence says, "It's all been for nothing." He says he doesn't believe officials in London who are promising more autonomy for Scotland and the rest of the U.K.

British Prime Minister David Cameron, though, says he will stick to his word on further powers for each of the U.K.'s four regions. Scotland is supposed to get new powers on taxes, spending and welfare. Cameron says the new plans will be agreed upon by November, with draft legislation by January.

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, who led the unsuccessful campaign for independence, today resigned his post. Despite the disappointment over the outcome, he said there's now an opportunity to make sure officials in London give some "meaningful power to Scotland."

"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling, who gave $1.6 million to the campaign against independence for Scotland, says all sides should be proud of the huge turnout and the "peaceful democratic process."

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APPHOTO TH810: Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond looks down during a press conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Scottish voters have rejected independence and decided that Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom. The result announced early Friday was the one favored by Britain's political leaders, who had campaigned hard in recent weeks to convince Scottish voters to stay. It dashed many Scots' hopes of breaking free and building their own nation. (AP Photo/PA, Danny Lawson) UNITED KINGDOM OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE (19 Sep 2014)

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APPHOTO LLP115: British Prime Minister David Cameron leaves after giving a statement to the media about Scotland's referendum results, outside his official residence at 10 Downing Street in central London, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Scottish voters have rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core. The decision prevented a rupture of a 307-year union with England, bringing a huge sigh of relief to the British political establishment. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) (19 Sep 2014)

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