The Outer Hebrides unexpectedly turned down the idea of independence, with 46.5% voting for it and 53.4% against. The turnout was 86%.
According to the YouGov public opinion service, 54% of people who came to the polling stations voted against independence and 46% for it. Its earlier poll published on September 6 made quite a sensation with 51% of people favouring secession from the United Kingdom and 49% being against it.
No exit polls were conducted for reasons of costs and inaccuracy. If Scotland votes for independence, it will be declared on March 24, 2016. Until then, Edinburgh and London will have to agree on the terms of secession. The final results are expected to be announced on Friday morning or afternoon. Local television channels will be reporting current results throughout the night in all 32 districts.
England and Scotland united under the Act of Union of in 1707. Prior to that, for about a hundred years, they had one king but different system of government.