Thousands of Scottish people voted on whether to remain part of the Union Kingdom or become independent on Thursday 18 September.

By a margin of 55% to 45%, people chose to remain in the UK.

The result marks the end of one of the most fiercely contested and high-profile elections in British political history.

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"Yes" vote campaigners console themselves outside the Scottish Parliament building after the people of Scotland voted No to independence Christopher Furlong / Getty
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"Better Together" supporters celebrate the result of the Scottish referendum at Ingleston Hall in Edinburgh, ScotlandJeff J Mitchell /Getty
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Pro-independence campaigners make their way home along the Royal Mile after referendum results Christopher Furlong / Getty
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"Better Together" supporters celebrate the result of the Scottish referendum on independence at the campaign headquarters at the Marriott Hotel in GlasgowPeter Macdiarmid /Getty
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Supporters from the Yes Campaign wave Scottish Saltire flags in central Glasgow. Scotland's largest city voted for independenceREUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
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Prime Minister David Cameron gives a press conference following the results of the Scottish referendum outside 10 Downing Street, LondonDan Kitwood / Getty
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A dejected Yes vote campaigner gestures outside the Scottish Parliament buildingChristopher Furlong / Getty
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Leader of the "Better Together" campaign, Alistair Darling, meets with supporters at the Marriott Hotel, Glasgow Peter Macdiarmid / Getty
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First Minister Alex Salmond delivers a speech to supporters at Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, ScotlandMatt Cardy/ Getty
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A discarded Yes sticker lies on cobble stones along the Royal Mile in EdinburghChristopher Furlong / Getty