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​The agony of defeat: Public reaction Scottish referendum

​The agony of defeat: Public reaction Scottish referendum
Voters in Scotland chose to stay within the United Kingdom on Thursday night, following an intense campaign which almost saw the country become an independent state.

And while thousands of Scots voted - many for the first time - to break from the union, their hopes were dashed when the ‘No’ campaign pipped them to the post.

The outcome of the vote upset many who spent weeks campaigning for Scotland’s’ independent future, and they expressed their disappointment on social media:

“"I'm now an ex-Scot" said some ‘Yes’ voters. Others said that the result came because undecided voters were made fearful by politicians and the media:

In Glasgow- the city that overwhelmingly voted 'Yes', voters took to the streets and celebrated despite it all.

"Shove the union up your a**e" they chanted.

Some Scottish nationalists even went as far as to say the referendum was rigged:

While others suspected that the secret service was behind the ‘No’ victory:

Other Scots were more optimistic about the final tally:

With the referendum result accepted by both the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ campaigns, the British Parliament will now discuss how to give Scotland more say over its policies, and whether devolution of powers will be granted to England and Wales.

Prime Minister David Cameron called the referendum a "triumph for democratic politics," and promised a ‘devolution revolution’ in a speech outside Downing Street on Friday morning.