SCOTTISH REFERENDUM TOO CLOSE TO CALL

Sep 18, 2014

By Scott Walker

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The question is a simple one: Should Scotland be an independent country?

The people of Scotland are deciding whether to terminate a union that has been in place for 307 years.

Indications are it will be a record turnout. Ninety-seven per cent of Scots registered to vote. Many will be casting a ballot for the first time. The governing Scottish National Party introduced changes that allow 16-and-17 year-olds to vote.

The voting age in the UK is normally 18.

Polls suggest the result is too close to call. A Yes vote will trigger months of negotiations over the details of independence. If the No side prevails, it will leave Scots divided over their future.

Several members of the Parti Quebecois are in Scotland for the vote. They are looking for inspiration for what they hope will be another referendum in Quebec at some point.

The results won’t be known until early tomorrow morning our time.

 

The people of Scotland are deciding whether to terminate a union that has been in place for 307 years.

As of mid-day local time, the vote was heading towards a record turnout in the referendum on Scotland leaving the UK. Ninety-seven percent of Scots had registered to vote. The winning side will likely hinge on a sizable undecided block.

A “Yes” vote will mean months of negotiations over the details of independence. Decisions about a currency and alliance with the EU and NATO will be on the table.

Several members of the Parti Quebecois are in Scotland for the vote. They are looking for inspiration for what they hope will be another referendum in Quebec at some point.

The results won’t be known until late tonight our time.

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