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- Votes Announced: Overwhelming Majority vote "yes"
- Alex Salmond makes a press statement, saying he is delighted with the result, but warns that the road to independence is not yet over. He also states that he intends for the new country to work closely with the UK and other countries on the international stage.
- Mass celebrations begin in many Scottish cities, though there are some scuffles as pro-Union supporters wave Union Flags.
- David Cameron makes a press speech in which he states that he is "disappointed" with the result, but respects the Scottish people's choice, and that the British and Scottish people should continue to work together and remember what they have in common. There are many calls for Cameron to resign after failing to preserve the union.
- Share prices in the London Stock Exchange fall by up to 10% and the Pound starts to fall against most major currencies. Beginnings of Financial Crisis.
- Catalan Parliament welcomes result, whilst the Spanish government urges caution, signalling that whilst they will happily work with an independent Scotland, this must not come at the expense of Spanish integrity.
- There are calls for the UK General Election to be postponed until 2016, as Scottish MPs will affect the vote, especially with the idea that "Scottish Labour MP's could deliver a Labour government that would have no mandate in the rest of the UK."
- Many international leaders release statements congratulating the Scottish people and the democracy used, and their aim to continue to work with both the UK and Scotland.
- Many multinational corporations announce plans to relocate their main offices to London, Many hotels in Scotland notice many cancellations from English tourists. The Royal Bank of Scotland announces that while it will keep offices in Scotland, it will locate its headquarters in London.
- The Orkney, the Outer Hebrides and the Shetland Islands all call for a second referendum on whether they should join Scotland, or become independent/have affiliation with the UK.
- Theresa May, Andrea Leadsom, Michael Gove, Liam Fox and Stephen Crabb all announce that they will run to become the next Conservative Leader.
- Spanish government announces it will block the efforts of Catalonia. The Spanish Constitutional Court decides to hear the case on 29th September.
- A vote of no confidence is held by the Labour party but fended off by the coalition government.
- Theresa May is elected Leader of the Conservatives, and becomes is invited by the Queen to form a government after Cameron steps down. David Davis is appointed by May to be the inaugural Secretary of States for Scottish Independence.
- Scottish Parliament nominates John Swinney as their chief negotiator
- British Government directs Electoral Commission to begin drafting new parliamentary boundaries to be finalized for post-Independence constituencies; options include reducing the number of seats to 600, or remaining with 650 seats.
- After preliminary talks stall over the usage of the Pound Sterling, David Davis states that Scotland is “free to use sterling in the same way they use the US dollar in Zimbabwe but there will be no influence on UK or Bank of England policy, and no banking or fiscal or true currency union.”
- Plaid Cymru announces plans to hold an informal referendum on more devolved powers in Wales .
- Dissolution of Parliament (the 55th); campaigning officially begins for the 2015 General Election
- Last day to file nomination papers, to register to vote, and to request a postal vote
- Polling day for the 2015 General Election; polls open at 7am until 10pm, with exit polls showing a hung parliament, with a large swing for the SNP within Scotland.
- Final results come in; the Conservatives find themselves with a net reduction of 1 seat, whilst Labour has a net loss of two; the SNP sees a surge in support, winning 56 of 59 Scottish seats. The Liberal Democrats further lose 48 seats, meaning the coalition government, effectively dissolved, no longer has a majority. May begins announcing her cabinet.
- New Parliament (the 56th) assembled
- The Church of Scotland votes to allow the ordination of gay minister in civil partnerships.
- The Royal Family, Theresa May, the Archbishop of Canterbury and other dignitaries attend a ceremony at Runnymede, marking the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.
- A Government report shows that the Palace of Westminister is in urgent need of repair, and recommends that MPs leave the buildings for two years in order for repairs to take place
- The British and Scottish negotiation teams meet in Birmingham to begin discussions on independence.
- The country observes the 10th anniversary of the 7/7 attacks.
- UNESCO gives World Heritage to the Forth Bridge, on of Scotland's best-known structures.
- Queen Elizabeth II surpasses her 2nd great grandmother Queen Victoria as Britain's longest reigning monarch.
- Scottish Borders Railway, which was originally begun by the British Government, is officially opened by Elizabeth II.
- German, French and EU diplomats are invited to fringe negotiations to begin discussions on the future relationship between Scotland and the European Union, as well as with NATO. Spain urges caution.
- Scottish Nationals hold "One Year On" Referendum Celebrations, lead by Salmond, Swinney and Sturgeon.
- EU-Scottish talks finally break ground: Spain withdraws some of their objections, on the condition that Scotland does not "interfere with the internal affairs of Spain".
- Natural Gas from the North Sea Fields begins to flow from a new plant on Shetland operated by Total.
- Scotland passes an amnesty law, pardoning men who were cautioned or convicted under historical legislation which outlawed Homosexual Acts.
- The last coal-fired plant in Scotland, Longannet Power Station, is closed.
- Release of 'Panama Papers' showing the names and assets of thousands in overseas accounts, involving many government officials and their associates around the world.
- After the crisis left by TATA announcing the sale of its Steel Plants in Britain, the Labour Government agrees to buy a large share in them, essentially nationalising it with a small private investment.
- Scottish Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and other Scottish leaders condemns the US move on banning immigration from various Muslim-majority nations.
- Alongside global protests, 'Scotland against Trump' organises a peaceful protests against Trump, including speeches.
- A terror attack at the Palace of Westminster, London, results in five people dead and fifty others injured.
- A suicide bombing was carried out at Manchester Arena following a concert by American singer Ariana Grande as part of her 2017 Dangerous Woman Tour. The perpetuator was identified as Salman Ramadan Abedi, a 22-year-old British citizen who detonated a shrapnel-laden improvised explosive device at the exit of the arena as the event was ending. 23 were killed (including the perpetuator) while 116 remain injured. Among those killed were ten people under the age of 20.
- A van is driven into pedestrians near a mosque. 1 is killed while 11 others are injured. Police detain Darren Osborne of which the motive is Islamophobia.