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The recent results of the referendum vote in Scotland showed a great disparity amongst voters and caused ripples up and down the nation.
On 18th September, residents in Scotland were invited to answer “yes” or “no” to the simple question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?” Scottish citizens living outside of Scotland did not qualify for the vote.
The controversial referendum had one of the best turnouts in political voting history, with 84.6 per cent of Scots attending the polls to cast their opinions.
But despite vast media coverage and the best efforts from previous head of the Scottish Independence Party Alex Salmond, 55 per cent of voters opted to stay British. The decision caused a social media uproar and led Salmond to tender his resignation – something which was as popular with the bookmakers as the outcome of the referendum itself.
Prime Minister David Cameron could not contain his happiness as he tweeted to his 700,000 followers: “I've spoken to [Chair of the Better Together opposition campaign] Alistair Darling – and congratulated him on a well-fought campaign.”
While Mr Cameron may have had a brief moment of embarrassment, it is perhaps Alex Salmond who should be feeling a little red-faced, as there are now talks to call for another referendum vote. With 45 per cent of voters clearly not contented with the union in its current state, the issue has been raised as to whether or not the vote should be taken to debate once again.
Analysts have cited the age of voters as cause to call for a subsequent vote – it was noted that 73 per cent of over 65s voted no, while 71 per cent of 16 to 17-year-olds voted for independence. Experts have also named higher unemployment rates north of the border as the cause for a renewed interest in political activism amongst today's Scottish youth.
“Scotland is now more politically engaged than at any stage of the democratic era,” says Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Despite her comments however, Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has urged her not to go ahead with a second referendum.
Indeed, the 45 per cent of 'yes' voters have been instrumental in pointing out the political unrest in the country, and the recent referendum results could catalyse a series of changes in Scotland from within Westminster.
Whether or not those changes will be enough for the next generation's voters, however, is still the subject of intense debate.