The Monitor's View Scotland's vote helps others define community ties

The 'no' vote against independence by Scotland helps bring the United Kingdom together in redefining UK identity through more power to local communities. New political contours will reshape the shared ethical life and create ties that bind beyond culture.

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In the past quarter century, more than two dozen countries have split up or been created, either through trauma or in triumph. Yet in a crystal-clear vote Thursday against independence from the United Kingdom, Scotland has set a new standard for secession causes, one that is ringing far beyond the UK.