Scottish leader resigns after referendum

Alex Salmond, the Scottish first minister and leader of the pro-independence Scottish National Party, has announced his resignation from both posts, following the outcome of the referendum on the future of Scotland. He said the resignation is to take effect from November.

Salmond said he was proud of the campaign for independence, and that now was the time to hold the United Kingdom, UK leadership to its promises of shifting more autonomy to Scotland.

“We now have the opportunity to hold Westminster’s feet to the fire on the vow that they have made to devolve further meaningful power to Scotland,” he said in a statement.

David Cameron, UK Prime Minister welcomed Scotland’s decision to stay as part of the UK, in a televised statement outside 10 Downing Street, saying it was a clear result. “Like millions of other people, I am delighted,” he said.

Cameron said he would have been heartbroken to see the United Kingdom broken up but paid tribute to the efforts of both sides in the campaign.

 

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