Scotland referendum: A kingdom still whole, but far from united

September 20, 2014 4:48 PM

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Scotland referendum: A kingdom still whole, but far from united

Scotland chose decisively against independence on Thursday, but it was not a vote for the status quo in Britain. The debate over regional and national autonomy that was set off by the Scots has just begun, and it promises a constitutional shake-up in the United Kingdom, which remains intact but by no means fixed or unchallenged.

While the outcome of the vote was met with tremendous relief from Downing Street and Buckingham Palace to Brussels and Washington, Britain was also awakening to the realisation on Friday that it had agreed to grant the Scots considerable new powers to run their own affairs. Prime Minister David Came...

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