Scotland: ‘Nos’ leading in early returns

Scotland: ‘Nos’ leading in early returns

Initial results have arrived in Scotland’s independence referendum, and it was first blood to the first four returned constituencies voting to stay as part of the U.K.

Residents of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Clackmannanshire both voted No by 53%; Shetland and the Orkney Islands decided to retain British ties by a whopping 63% and 67% respectively.

There is a long way to go until a final result, though, with a total of 32 local authority areas to be tallied up, including populous Glasgow, until a final outcome is announced early Friday morning local time.

Pubs across the country were staying open throughout the night with customers both anxious and excited to see whether the 307-year-strong union would be consigned to the history books. …

Many questions regarding what a truly independent Scotland would look like remain unanswered, including over currency, health care, defense and E.U. membership. Spain’s Prime Minister is one of several European leaders who would not support Scotland’s application to the bloc, as the Iberian nation is unwilling to fan separatist campaigns of its own. …

Turnout for the referendum is reportedly an unprecedented 85%.

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