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The beginning of a new, stronger country for us all

September 19, 2014 12:23 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

After a momentous day, the Liberal Democrats are delighted that Scotland has decided to remain in the UK. This is an exciting time as now we can start delivering more powers to Scotland.

Commenting on the results, Nick Clegg said:

"I'm absolutely delighted the Scottish people have taken this momentous decision to safeguard our family of nations for future generations.

"In a dangerous and uncertain world I have no doubt we are stronger, safer, and more prosperous together than we ever could be apart."

The Liberal Democrats have campaigned for greater devolution for decades and last week Nick Clegg was the first party leader to call for greater devolution to England and the rest of the UK.

Nick was also the first to call for a solution to the so-called West Lothian Question, whereby Scottish MPs can vote on devolved English issues on the same timetable as further devolution for Scotland.


Nick added:

"But a vote against independence was clearly not a vote against change and we must now deliver on time and in full the radical package of newly devolved powers to Scotland.

"At the same time, this referendum north of the border has led to a demand for constitutional reform across the United Kingdom as people south of the border also want more control and freedom in their own hands rather than power being hoarded in Westminster.

"So this referendum marks not only a new chapter for Scotland within the UK but also a new chapter of constitutional renewal across the UK."