Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom

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(CNN) — Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom — along with England, Wales and Northern Ireland — following a historic referendum vote.

A majority of voters rejected the possibility of Scotland breaking away and becoming an independent nation.

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond admitted defeat in a televised statement early Friday — and urged the rest of Scotland to do the same.

He thanked Scotland “for 1.6 million votes for Scottish independence.”

A turnout of 86% is one of the highest in the democratic world for any such vote, he said.

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