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MORE FROM THE MARKETS: Edinburgh based Standard Life, which also put in place plans for new regulated companies in England, said today: “We are proud of our Scottish heritage and will continue to build our success from these roots.”
It added: “We recognise that further constitutional change is very likely following the clear result of the referendum.
“We will consider the implications of any changes for our customers and other stakeholders in our business to ensure their interests are represented and protected.
“As a large company based in Scotland, Standard Life is ready to contribute to this process.”
by Richard Halifax, Press. via The Press Association 9/19/2014 7:42:36 AM
Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney said: “I’m deeply disappointed. I came into politics to secure Scottish independence and in many, many moments in those intervening years I doubted I’d ever have the chance to stand as I did in Burrelton village hall and put a cross beside ‘Yes, I believe Scotland should be an independent country’, so it’s a disappointing morning, but there are many successes about yesterday.”
He said this included the large turnout, adding he was “thrilled” 1.6 million people voted for Scottish independence.
by Richard Halifax, Press. 9/19/2014 7:53:51 AM
Owen Paterson, who was sacked by Mr Cameron as environment secretary in July, demanded an immediate recall of Parliament.
He said: “I welcome the clear referendum result, but the chaotic manner in which the no vote was won has undermined the strong and resilient United Kingdom on which we all depend.
“It is unacceptable that in the late stages of the campaign an ex Labour leader was allowed to make rash promises of ‘extensive new powers’ to the Scottish people with the endorsement of all three UK party leaders, but with no mandate from Parliament.”
by Richard Halifax, Press. 9/19/2014 7:57:22 AM
“The people of Scotland have spoken. We respect their democratic decision that Scotland should remain as part of the United Kingdom,” he said.
“We are committed to deepening and strengthening the already close relationships across these islands.
“Attention will now turn to the changes likely to take place following the referendum,
particularly in terms of devolution of powers. This process will be closely followed in Ireland.”
by Richard Halifax, Press. via The Press Association 9/19/2014 8:06:47 AM
Mr Cridland said: “Business has always believed that the union is best for creating jobs, raising growth and improving living standards, and welcomes that the people of Scotland want to play an integral role in this internationally successful partnership.
“As the debate now moves to the question of further devolution, it is important that it does not undermine the strength of the single internal market and it is in the best interests of citizens living in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as those in Scotland.”
by Richard Halifax, Press. 9/19/2014 8:21:17 AM
“We certainly want to have greater devolution in England. We have already got proposals but we want to go further,” he said.
“I think what is really important is that any change that takes place is led by people, not by politicians in Westminster, and grasps the scale of change that we need.
“That is the process that we want to embark upon.”
He added: “We will look at any proposals the Prime Minister comes forward with . I don’t think people would tolerate proposals done behind closed doors in Westminster.”
by Richard Halifax, Press. via The Press Association 9/19/2014 8:27:22 AM
The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader will be seeking areas of common ground with Carwyn Jones after the Prime Minister outlined plans for a review of tax, spending and welfare across the UK.
A DUP spokesman confirmed a phone call would take place later today.
Mr Cameron said: “In Northern Ireland, we must work to ensure the devolved institutions function effectively.”
He added: “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.”