The Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland has sought to inform the referendum debate (see our report on a series of lectures here), but has remained strictly impartial throughout. We now publicly commit to throw our weight behind the democratic decision of the people of Scotland and hope that all forward looking individuals and groups with the best interests of this country and its place in the world will join us in doing so. The 2012 Edinburgh Agreement contained an important concluding sentence “The two governments are committed to continue to work together constructively in the light of the outcome, whatever it is, in the best interests of the people of Scotland and of the rest of the United Kingdom”. We applaud that commitment and hope it extends to the passionate campaigners on either side of the debate. It certainly does to members of the Young Academy of Scotland, comprising over 150 emerging leaders from the disciplines of science and humanities, the professions, the arts, business and civil society. We stand firmly behind the result and will work with our political leaders towards the exciting future which Scotland undoubtedly has.