Edinburgh: As the picture became clear in Scotland following a referendum for independence from the United Kingdom, pro-independence leader and First Minister Alex Salmond conceded defeat on Friday.
Speaking at the Dynamic Earth centre in Edinburgh, Salmond said: "I accept verdict of the people and call on all of Scotland to follow suit. Our referendum was an agreed and consented process. Scotland has decided No at this stage to become an independent country and I accept that verdict."
Salmond added: "I think the process by which we have made our decision as a nation reflects enormous credit upon Scotland. A turnout of 86% is one of the highest of the democratic world, in any election or any referendum in history."
"We have touched sections of the community who have never been touched before by politics. These communities have touched us... I don't think that will ever be allowed to go back to business as usual in politics again."
Asking those in favour of independence not to “dwell on distance we've fallen short” but on “distance we've travelled”, Salmond sought to underline that Scotland will expect promises made by UK PM David Cameron over new powers to be honoured soon.
He concluded by saying: "We shall go forward as one nation."