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  • Good morning. The people of Scotland have spoken, and it is a clear result. They have

  • kept our country of four nations together. And like millions of other people, I am delighted.

  • As I said during the campaign, it would have broken my heart to see our United Kingdom

  • come to an end. And I know that sentiment was shared by people, not just across our

  • country, but also around the world because of what weve achieved together in the past

  • and what we can do together in the future. So now it is time for our United Kingdom to

  • come together, and to move forward. A vital part of that will be a balanced settlement

  • fair to people in Scotland and importantly to everyone in England, Wales and Northern

  • Ireland as well.

  • Let us first remember why we had this debateand why it was right to do so. The Scottish

  • National Party was elected in Scotland in 2011 and promised a referendum on independence.

  • We could have tried to block that, we could have put it off but just as with other big

  • issues, it is right to take - and not to duck - the big decision. I am a passionate

  • believer in our United Kingdom – I wanted more than anything for our United Kingdom

  • to stay together. But I am also a democrat. And it was right that we respected the SNP’s

  • majority in Holyrood and gave the Scottish people their right to have their say.

  • Let us also remember why it was right to ask the definitive question, Yes or No. Because

  • now the debate has been settled for a generation or as Alex Salmond has said, perhaps for a

  • lifetime. So there can be no disputes, no re-runswe have heard the settled will

  • of the Scottish people.

  • Scotland voted for a stronger Scottish Parliament backed by the strength and security of the

  • United Kingdom and I want to congratulate the No campaign for thatfor showing people

  • that our nations really are better together. I also want to pay tribute to Yes Scotland

  • for a well-fought campaign and to say to all those who did vote for independence: ‘we

  • hear you’. We now have a chance – a great opportunityto change the way the British

  • people are governed, and change it for the better. Political leaders on all sides of

  • the debate now bear a heavy responsibility to come together and work constructively to

  • advance the interests of people in Scotland, as well as those in England, Wales and Northern

  • Ireland, for each and every citizen of our United Kingdom. To those in Scotland sceptical

  • of the constitutional promises that were made, let me say this, we have delivered on devolution

  • under this Government, and we will do so again in the next Parliament. The three pro-union

  • parties have made commitments, clear commitments, on further powers for the Scottish Parliament.

  • We will ensure that those commitments are honoured in full.

  • And I can announce today that Lord Smith of Kelvinwho so successfully led Glasgow’s

  • Commonwealth Gameshas agreed to oversee the process to take forward these devolution

  • commitments with powers over tax, spending and welfare all agreed by November and draft

  • legislation published by January.

  • Just as the people of Scotland will have more power over their affairs, so it follows that

  • the people of England, Wales and Northern Ireland must have a bigger say over theirs.

  • The rights of these voters need to be respected, preserved and enhanced.

  • It is absolutely right that a new and fair settlement for Scotland should be accompanied

  • by a new and fair settlement that applies to all parts of our United Kingdom.

  • In Wales, there are proposals to give the Welsh Government and Assembly more powers.

  • And I want Wales to be at the heart of the debate on how to make our United Kingdom work

  • for all our nations. In Northern Ireland, we must work to ensure that the devolved institutions

  • function effectively.

  • But I have long believed that a crucial part missing from this national discussion is England.

  • We have heard the voice of Scotland - and now the millions of voices of England must

  • also be heard.

  • The question of English votes for English lawsthe so-called West Lothian question

  • requires a decisive answer. So, just as Scotland will vote separately in the Scottish

  • Parliament on their issues of tax, spending and welfare so too England, as well as Wales

  • and Northern Ireland, should be able to vote on these issues and all this must take place

  • in tandem with, and at the same pace as, the settlement for Scotland.

  • I hope that this is going to take place on a cross-party basis. I have asked William

  • Hague to draw up these plans. We will set up a Cabinet Committee right away and proposals

  • will also be ready to the same timetable I hope the Labour Party and other parties

  • will contribute. It is also important we have wider civic engagement about to improve governance

  • in our United Kingdom, including how to empower our great cities. And we will say more about

  • this in the coming days.

  • This referendum has been hard fought. It has stirred strong passions. It has electrified

  • politics in Scotland, and caught the imagination of people across the whole of our United Kingdom.

  • It will be remembered as a powerful demonstration of the strength and vitality of our ancient

  • democracy.

  • Record numbers registered to vote and record numbers cast their vote. We should all be

  • proud of that. It has reminded us how fortunate we are that we are able to settle these vital

  • issues at the ballot box, peacefully and calmly.

  • Now we must look forward, and turn this into the moment when everyonewhichever way

  • they votedcomes together to build that better, brighter future for our entire United Kingdom.

  • Thank you very much, and good morning.

Good morning. The people of Scotland have spoken, and it is a clear result. They have

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Scottish referendum: David Cameron speech after Scotland votes 'No'

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