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Scotland's No vote: How it happened on Twitter

Arjun Kharpal and Jessica Morris

Scotland's No campaign triumphed in the independence referendum on Friday after the country voted to remain part of the United Kingdom. As always, social media was vocal with politicians, jokers and celebrities getting involved in the debate.

The Yes camp leader Alex Salmond accepted the result in a speech delivered on Friday morning, and in a tweet thanked the people of Glasgow, a city that voted for independence, for their support.

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In the run up to the referendum, the U.K.'s main political parties promised more powers to the Scottish parliament if the country voted to stay in the union. Prime Minister David Cameron, now vindicated in his decision to hold a referendum, did not go back on his pledge and promised constitutional reform that would see more devolution of powers to Scotland.

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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg backed up Cameron in his promise of further powers to Scotland, while opposition Labour party Ed Miliband, also gave his support.

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Shortly after the Yes campaign lost, Salmond changed his Facebook and Twitter profiles to say "One Scotland".


Commentators have debated who was responsible for the No campaign's victory with some citing the enthusiasm of the leaders. There was certainly great appreciation for Gordon Brown, a former U.K. Prime Minister who is also a Scot, as he became increasingly vocal during the campaign.

The hashtag "thankgord" was floating around Twitter on Friday and many on social media said Cameron had a lot to thank the Labour politician for.

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No major political event is without its fair share of jokes and gaffes. Celebrities including soccer star David Beckham and Wimbledon tennis champion Andy Murray waded into the debate. The tennis star is a Scotsman -- but during Wimbledon tournaments is supported heavily by the English. Murray came out in support of independence and many were now joking about what effect it would have on his Wimbledon fans.

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Even the Queen was not safe from the Twitterati. The British monarch reportedly remarked that the Scots should 'think very carefully' about the independence vote last week.

The Yes campaign had suggested that the Queen would remain head of state similar to other countries such as Canada.

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The Scottish referendum has also shined a light on other regions pushing for independence. During the rallies in the lead up to the vote, Catalans came to support Yes campaigners with commentators suggesting that Scottish independence would have boosted the cause of this Spanish region.

One Twitter user said the No vote would crush Catalonia's hope of a referendum of its own.

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- By CNBC's Arjun Kharpal and Jessica Morris