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Scottish separatists were roundly defeated in one of the most extraordinary political battles in history.


No racked up 2,001,924 with Yes on 1,616,989. It marks a remarkable come back for the Better Together campaign, which was rocked by an opinion poll 10 days ago putting the Yes campaign ahead.


Total turnout was 84.5 per cent - topping 90 per cent in pro-Union areas, but in the key working-class areas where Yes needed big wins, turnout dropped to the mid-70s.


In the early hours, Mr Salmond shunned the cameras to board a private jet from Aberdeen to Edinburgh, contemplating the comprehensive failure of his efforts to destroy the 307-year-old Union.


But in a message posted on Twitter he praised the city of Glasgow, one of the few places to vote in favour of independence, and 'the people of Scotland for such a incredible support'.


He hoped to triumph in one of the most extraordinary political battles in British history, but the determination of the people of Scotland means the United Kingdom remains in tact, and Mr Salmond faces the grim prospect of being forced out of office.


But if he does plan to fall on his sword, he gave no hint of it during his statement at the Our Dynamic Earth centre in Edinburgh.


Suggesting he thought the issue of Scottish independence could be resurrected, he said: 'It is important to say that our referendum was an agreed and consented process and Scotland has by a majority decided not at this stage to become an independent country.

As Mr Salmond's supporters faced the grim prospect of defeat, the Better Together party in Glasgow was in full swing as the results pointed to a convincing victory for the pro-Union movement
The NO campaigners 
Cheers! No campaigners at the Better Together rally in Glasgow celebrate the news that Clackmannanshire, a favourite to vote Yes, had instead rejected independence by 54 per cent to 46 per cent
Disappointed Yes voters in Glasgow appear shocked at the outcome of the historic referendum on Scottish independence
Distraught supporters of Alex Salmond's One Scotland campaign react to their nation's decision to stay as part of the United Kingdom
The YES Campaigners were in tears 
'I accept that verdict of the people and I call on all of Scotland to follow suit in accepting the democratic verdict of the people of Scotland.' 
Turnout has topped 90 per cent in pro-Union areas, but in the key working-class areas where Yes needed big wins, turnout dropped to the mid-70s.
A large crowd of Yes supporters gathered in George Square in Glasgow as the polls closed, waving Saltires and burning flares.
But as the result pointed to a No vote, the carnival atmosphere subsided, many drifted home, with the police apprehending a few involved in scuffles.  

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