Argyll and Bute votes No in referendum

Voters in the Argyll and Bute Council area backed a 'No' vote in September 18's referendum by a margin of 59% to 41%.
Voters in the Argyll and Bute Council area backed a 'No' vote in September 18's referendum by a margin of 59% to 41%.

Voters in Argyll and Bute have decisively rejected the prospect of Scotland becoming an independent country.

Counting officer Sally Loudon announced the following result for the Argyll and Bute Council area just before 6am on Friday:

Yes - 26,324 (41 per cent).

No - 37,143 (59 per cent).

Total number of votes cast - 63,516.

Turnout - 88.2 per cent.

Rejected papers - 49.

Ballot papers from Bute were taken to the counting centre in Lochgilphead by road, having been transported on a chartered CalMac ferry sailing from Rhubodach to Colintraive.

Two helicopters were used to take votes to Lochgilphead from Mull, Coll, Tiree, Iona, Islay, Jura, Gigha and Colonsay.

By the time the Argyll and Bute result was announced, the SNP’s deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon had already admitted defeat: only four of 28 council areas had returned a Yes vote, with only three local authorities yet to declare.

Only a few minutes after Argyll and Bute’s result was confirmed, the declaration in Fife officially confirmed that the country as a whole had voted No, with only the Highland Council result still outstanding.

Yes campaigners on Bute claimed a turnout figure for the island of approximately 79 per cent.

The national result is expected to be confirmed at breakfast time on Friday.