Beith welcomes Scottish decision

Springwood Park in Kelso where the count for the referendum was announced in favour of the no campaign
Springwood Park in Kelso where the count for the referendum was announced in favour of the no campaign

North Northumberland MP Sir Alan Beith has welcomed the result of the Scottish referendum on independence, continuing the union between Scotland and the rest of the UK.

Following the overnight counting of votes, the referendum saw 55 per cent voting no to independence for Scotland, while 45 per cent voted yes.

In the Borders, the figures were 55,553 for no, 27,906 for yes, with a turnout of 87.4 per cent.

Sir Alan’s Berwick upon Tweed constituency is the most northerly in England and shares a border with Scotland, which is crossed by numerous people in both directions every day.

Sir Alan said: “I am delighted that the people of Scotland have given a decisive result in the referendum and that the nations of the United Kingdom will stay together, not only for the prosperity of the whole of the UK but also because life in Northumberland and the Borders would have been significantly disrupted by an international boundary.

“Now we need to address the questions of how the various parts of the UK can be most effectively governed with less centralisation and how areas such as the North East can have more opportunity to make our own decisions.”

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond says the country’s electorate will expect Westminster to honour pledges made during the Scottish independence referendum campaign.