Scotland appears set to reject independence
Scotland appeared set to reject independence on Friday with 23 out of 32 voting areas declared and the crucial Glasgow region having given its result.
Only four areas declared by 5:00 am local time (0400GMT) voted in favour of independence, giving the "No" camp a lead of 54.3 percent to 45.7 with nearly two thirds of the results from the historic referendum counted.
The "Yes" camp had been pinning its hopes on a big win in the largest constituency of Glasgow to close the gap, but could only register a winning margin of 54.5 percent to 46.5 percent.
"We've just had a whole slew of results here... that really did add to the evidence that the 'No' side are looking set to win this referendum and probably doing so fairly comfortably," polling expert John Curtice told the BBC.
He said that it would "require something extraordinary" to prevent a "No" victory "within the next two to three hours".
At 84 percent, so far, turnout for the vote looked set to break records for United Kingdom post-war elections.
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