Pro-Independence supporters are pictured in Edinburgh, Scotland, on September 19, 2014, as referendum results are announced. (AFP/Lesley Martin)
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Scottish voters have rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core.Scots voted 55 percent to 45 percent Thursday against independence in a vote that saw an unprecedented turnout.Salmond conceded defeat and called on Scots to accept the results of the vote.Brown argued passionately that Scots could be devoted to Scotland but still proud of their place in the United Kingdom, rejecting the argument that independence was the patriotic choice.In return for staying in the union, Scotland's voters have been promised significant -- though somewhat unspecified -- new powers by the British government, which had feared losing Scotland forever.
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