REFERENDUM: Reaction from around Berwickshire

Tracey Logan announces the Borders result.
Tracey Logan announces the Borders result.

Borderers returned an emphatic ‘No’ to independence in Thursday’s referendum. Here is the reaction from around Berwickshire.

In Duns Alan Trickett says it’s a chance missed for Scotland.

He added: “I feel disappointed but not surprised. It was a very difficult choice for many given the uncertainty of what would have actually happened in the event of a Yes vote.

“The Yes Campaign were not able to explain a lot of the economic arguments sufficiently to allow people to make an informed choice - how could they? Nobody really knew all the answers!

“If the Scottish people had all the answers to hand independence could easily have taken place.

“The size of the turnout and the debate has been remarkable. I hope it has opened up a new chapter in British politics that will make Westminster see at last that things need to change. After all, 45% of the people have voted a resounding rejection of all that Westminster stands for.

“Vows have been made before - I hope in this case they do stick to their word. How they manage first of all to agree, then to persuade Westminster to vote them through remains to be seen.”

Sarah Clark said it was now time to look to the future.

She added: “There are still too many unanswered questions. Voting for an independent Scotland was too big a leap of faith for me although my ‘Scottishness’ and the enormity of the situation almost made me doubt my vote.

“I went with my original decision and now the votes are cast and a decision is made here’s to the future.”

Another Duns resident, who did not wish to be named, said he was disappointed in the result but welcomed the fact that Holyrood was being promised more powers.

He said: “This vote signals the start of a fresh chapter of devolution, with greater power and more economic responsibility for Holyrood and the Scottish Government.

Eyemouth High School pupil Aaron Bolton aged 16, hoped that the move to enfranchise 16 and 17-year-olds would be remembered as a success.

He said:”Voting in the Scottish Independence Referendum was exciting!

“I really enjoyed having a say in the political world of Scotland – as well as the future of Scotland. I cast my vote after school, to discuss the options with fellow students at Eyemouth High. I have enjoyed listening to both sides of the argument and really do hope that our Scottish identities are strengthened.

“As a 16 year old getting the vote, it’s been a fantastic opportunity and something which we should be enhancing – both voting as well as the debates around politics, both outside and inside school.”

In Coldstream the mood was one of ‘lets move on from this now’.

Malcolm Bolam, who was interviewed by the New York Times last week about the referendum, said this morning: “At the end of the day we just have to get on with things and everyone has to work together to move Scotland to a better place.”

Sandra Law was relieved at the outcome saying: “ I was very much anti break up of the UK. I am pleased we are a family of nations and I don’t want everything being dismantled.”

For Ros Osinski, who was undecided initially, it was the security of the country that swung her vote. “My main concern was security of the country in this climate.

“And its a reflection of the people in Scotland who gave their lives for this country. Being a veteran’s wife and a veteran’s daughter I know what they sacrificed for this country. Being Scots I feel very patriotic but at the end of the day it’s the security of the country - if the problems in the Middle East had been five years behind us I might have voted differently but with all the unrest in the world we should stick together like we did in the days of the First World War.”

One ‘yes’ voter accepted the result saying “it’s democracy”.