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Following Scotland’s decision to remain part of the UK in yesterday’s referendum, Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael said:
I hope all parties will now accept this vote was fair, legal and decisive and we have settled the question in a way which means we will not keep coming back to it.
The decisive choice of people in Scotland to remain part of the UK is the beginning of a new, stronger country for us all.
It comes at the end of a hard-fought two year process which has raised important issues for Scotland and engaged a huge number of people in the debate.
We will continue that process by working together as one country, across the whole political spectrum, making life better for the people who live and work here.
It’s also clear that the people of Scotland have overwhelmingly voted for a stronger Scottish Parliament within the United Kingdom based on the cross-party plan for more powers. That work will begin today and we will deliver it for everyone.