- Title: UK: Scottish nationalists win two constituencies after early setbacks
- Date: 19th September 2014
- Summary: EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (SEPTEMBER 19, 2014) (REUTERS) 'YES' SUPPORTERS WATCHING RESULTS IN A PUB WOMAN WATCHING ANXIOUSLY PEOPLE WATCHING MAN WITH SCOTTISH 'SALTIRE' FLAG DRAPED AROUND HIS SHOULDERS, WATCHING 'YES' SUPPORTERS BURSTING INTO CHEERS AS RESULT IS ANNOUNCED WOMAN WAVING SCOTTISH FLAG, WITH 'YES' WRITTEN ACROSS IT (SOUNDBITE) (English) 'YES' SUPPORTER, MICHELLE CRAWFORD, SAYING: "I am still positive. I am still thinking we can do it. I am just basically wanting a fairer Scotland. I just want to protect the NHS (National Health Service) as well. So that's for me. That's all I can say just now. Fingers crossed." WOMAN KISSING 'YES' SUPPORTER (SOUNDBITE) (English) 'YES' SUPPORTER, PETER HEARTE, SAYING: "You see all these results come in. That's no good. But hopefully, it will turn around. Fingers crossed." WOMAN WITH FACE PAINTED IN SALTIRE 'YES' SUPPORTERS IN PUB GLASGOW, SCOTLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (SEPTEMBER 19, 2014) (REUTERS) 'NO' SUPPORTERS WATCHING RESULTS ON SCREEN 'NO' SUPPORTER WATCHING RESULTS ANXIOUSLY
- Embargoed: 4th October 2014 13:00
- Location: United Kingdom
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA6B7GJNRMO8LGUUVU6CEVTNY6D
- Story Text: Scottish nationalists finally won two constituencies after most of the early results went to unionists on Friday (September 19) in a divisive independence referendum.
Dundee was the first constituency that brought cheer to supporters of the 'Yes' camp -- or those who favour independence from the United Kingdom.
Supporters burst into cheers as the result was announced, after a series of disappointments in early results.
"The total number of votes cast in relation to each answer to the referendum question in this area is as follows: yes - 53,620. No -- 39,880," the counting officer announced, prompting a celebration from nationalist supporters.
Scotland's final verdict on the union should be clear around breakfast time.
The West Dunbartonshire council too turned in results in favour of the nationalists.
"Yes -- 33, 730. No -- 28,776," the counting officer announced.
Scotland's deputy leader Nicola Sturgeon was seen applauding as the results came in.
In the Scottish capital Edinburgh, nationalists watched the results anxiously in a pub, celebrating the 'Yes' results despite the dejection they faced from previous results.
"I am still positive. I am still thinking we can do it. I am just basically wanting a fairer Scotland. I just want to protect the NHS (National Health Service) as well. So that's for me. That's all I can say just now. Fingers crossed," said Michelle Crawford.
"You see all these results come in. That's no good. But hopefully, it will turn around. Fingers crossed," said Peter Hearte.
The campaign for independence has galvanised this country of 5.3 million but also divided friends and families from the remote Scottish islands of the Atlantic to the tough city estates of Glasgow.
Breaking apart the United Kingdom has worried allies, investors and the entire British elite whose leaders rushed late in the campaign to check what opinion polls showed was a surge in support for independence.
Nationalists say Scots, not London, should rule Scotland to build a wealthier and fairer country.
Unionists say independence would usher in financial, economic and political uncertainty and diminish the UK's standing in the world.
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